Northeast Times

Serial robber likes 7-Eleven

The thief com­mit­ted his first rob­bery two years ago. He has been an elu­sive fel­low ever since.

A seri­al armed rob­ber who spe­cial­izes in tar­get­ing North­east 7-El­ev­en stores is still on the loose al­most eight months after his latest heist and two years after his first known crime.

Hop­ing for new leads, Phil­adelphia po­lice last week re-re­leased sur­veil­lance video of the un­known ban­dit.

The same man, who has been de­scribed as white, in his 20s and about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a me­di­um build, is re­spons­ible for 11 rob­ber­ies in the North­east, along with four more in Ben­s­alem Town­ship from Oc­to­ber 2009 through Decem­ber 2010, po­lice said.

And in a strange twist, the typ­ic­ally masked and hooded rob­ber showed up in a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops at one store in Ju­ly 2010 and at­temp­ted to re­pay money he pre­vi­ously had stolen from the busi­ness, de­tect­ives claim.

The loc­a­tions of the rob­ber­ies in­clude the fol­low­ing 7-El­ev­en stores: 5231 Har­bison Ave. on three oc­ca­sions; 2634 Bridge St. twice; 6927 Tor­res­dale Ave. three times; and 7901 Frank­ford Ave. three times.

Typ­ic­ally, the rob­ber entered a store, poin­ted a black hand­gun at the clerk and de­man­ded cash. Po­lice have not spe­cified how much money he has stolen.

He of­ten has worn a black hooded sweat­shirt with sweat pants or blue jeans, along with a black mask to cov­er his mouth and nose. Most of the crimes have oc­curred late at night or in early morn­ing.

No in­jur­ies have been re­por­ted. Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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