Smash-and-grab burglar hits Northeast stores

The Roosevelt Boulevard cor­ridor in the Far North­east has be­come a mag­net for smash-and-grab-style com­mer­cial burg­lars in re­cent days, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice.

De­tect­ives have re­leased a sur­veil­lance photo of an un­known man who they be­lieve com­mit­ted at least three of the crimes and is sus­pec­ted in five oth­ers.

There were five break-ins late Sat­urday or early Sunday between the 8200 and 10000 blocks of the Boulevard. All oc­curred on the south­bound or west side of the 12-lane U.S. high­way.

In­vest­ig­at­ors fig­ure that the crimes oc­curred some­time between 10 and 11:30 p.m. on Sat­urday. The sites in­cluded Happy Garden res­taur­ant at 9916, An­gela’s Pizza at 9918 and Fat Jack’s BBQ at 10090. The burg­lar did not gain entry to the Happy Garden and made off from An­gela’s Pizza empty-handed. Fat Jack’s re­por­ted losses of $225 cash and one stolen cash re­gister, along with a severely dam­aged second re­gister.

At about 6:15 the fol­low­ing morn­ing, burg­lar­ies oc­curred at Adams Fab­ri­care Clean­ers, 8206 Roosevelt Blvd., as well as Big Al’s Pizza, at 8212 Roosevelt Blvd. The busi­nesses each re­por­ted losses of about $100 cash.

Three sim­il­ar burg­lar­ies oc­curred early on June 6 on the op­pos­ite side of the Boulevard. Se­cur­ity cam­er­as filmed the sus­pect at all three busi­nesses.

At about 6:05 a.m., someone stole $150 from Via Na­poli Res­taur­ant, 2500 Welsh Road. About 40 minutes later, someone broke in­to East King Buf­fet, at 9171 Roosevelt Blvd., and stole $650. Ten minutes after that, As­ante Mar­ket, at 2477 Grant Ave., was burg­lar­ized. The pro­pri­et­or re­por­ted that $185 was taken.

Po­lice de­scribe the sus­pect as black, 40 to 50 years old, tall and thin. He had a thin gray mous­tache and goat­ee, and wore a dark jeff cap and short sleeve shirt. He car­ried a school bag with a shoulder strap.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crimes. ••

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