Suspect nabbed in robbery of Wissinoming grocery

Phil­adelphia po­lice have ar­res­ted a man they be­lieve is re­spons­ible for at least one of two armed rob­ber­ies at a Wissi­nom­ing gro­cery store last month.

Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied and cap­tured Scott Rein­er, 43, of the 7400 block of Lor­etto Ave., on Fri­day morn­ing hours after post­ing sur­veil­lance video of the two hold-ups on the philly­po­ and You­ Web sites.

Both rob­ber­ies oc­curred at the Lisa & Charlie Mar­ket, 6017 Tor­res­dale Ave.

On June 28 at 7:10 p.m., a man entered the store, ap­proached a fe­male em­ploy­ee from be­hind and placed her in a choke­hold with one arm while point­ing a black hand­gun at her chest.

The em­ploy­ee grabbed the gun and struggled with the ban­dit for con­trol of it. The sus­pect knocked the wo­man to the floor, but she held onto the gun, so he fled. He was last seen run­ning east­bound on Hig­bee Street, then south­bound on Vandike Street.

On June 14 at 5:15 p.m., a man entered the same store, ap­proached the counter and de­man­ded cash from an em­ploy­ee at knife­point. The cash­ier handed $60 to the rob­ber, who fled on a black bi­cycle.

Rein­er was charged with one count each of rob­bery, theft, simple as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime in con­nec­tion with the June 28 heist. He re­mains a sus­pect in the June 14 case, but has not been charged. ••

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