Northeast Times

SugarHouse offers reward after string of robberies

A string of rob­ber­ies at Sug­ar­House casino in Fishtown be­gin­ning in Decem­ber 2011 has led the casino to of­fer a $10,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the sus­pects.

A $10,000 re­ward has been offered for in­form­a­tion lead­ing po­lice to the men who have fol­lowed casino pat­rons home and robbed them.

In an­noun­cing the re­ward Sept. 21, po­lice said they be­lieve the rob­bers used a spot­ter who watched vic­tims cash out their chips and re­layed their de­scrip­tions to oth­ers, who then fol­lowed them and robbed them out­side their homes.

Vic­tims are from North Phil­adelphia, North­east Phil­adelphia, Up­per Mo­re­land Town­ship and South Philly, Sgt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives said Monday.

Po­lice have the spot­ter in the last five rob­ber­ies on sur­veil­lance tape from the Sug­ar­House casino on Delaware Av­en­ue. He is seen watch­ing the casino’s cash-out win­dow and talk­ing on a cell phone.

“It’s the same guy,” Rosen­baum said.

The rob­ber­ies began in Decem­ber 2011, he said, and all in­volved two black men. Al­though vic­tims’ de­scrip­tions of the rob­bers’ heights var­ied, they were all thought to be 25 to 30 years old. A late mod­el sil­ver Monte Carlo and a late-mod­el small sil­ver sedan ap­pear to be used in the rob­ber­ies, Rosen­baum said.

Most of the vic­tims were of Asi­an des­cent, Rosen­baum said, and were com­ing home from Sug­ar­House.

Dur­ing the two most re­cent rob­ber­ies, the crim­in­als were armed with Tasers.

On Sept. 16, a Rawle Street wo­man was ac­cos­ted by two men, robbed of $8,000 in cash and jew­elry and Tasered, po­lice said. Rosen­baum said the wo­man was hos­pit­al­ized be­cause she was preg­nant.

The Welsh Road rob­bery oc­curred two days later at about 4 a.m. Again, two men armed with a Taser were the cul­prits.

While fight­ing to keep her purse from the rob­bers, the wo­man was slightly cut, Rosen­baum said, but po­lice aren’t sure if she was cut by a knife or by her own keys.

Po­lice have re­leased some of the casino sur­veil­lance foot­age and are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s as­sist­ance. 

To view the sur­veil­lance video: Vis­it The Phil­adelphia Po­lice You­Tube Chan­nel or vis­it ht­tp://philly­po­lice.com/news.

To sub­mit a tele­phone tip, dial 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. Rosen­baum said tips also can be phoned in to de­tect­ives John Har­rigan or Joseph Baird at 215-686-3153 or 3154. 

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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