Robbers distract cashier, steal smokes

Sur­veil­lance im­age of the sus­pect.

A pair of uniden­ti­fied thieves teamed up to dis­tract a clerk and steal car­tons of ci­gar­ettes from a Castor Gar­dens con­veni­ence store late last month, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice, who have re­leased video of the crime.

The theft oc­curred on Ju­ly 25 at 5:04 a.m. at the Wawa, 6935 Castor Ave. One of the crooks ap­proached the cash­ier with a drink and paid for it. With the cash­ier dis­trac­ted, the second crook reached over the counter and grabbed mul­tiple car­tons of ci­gar­ettes. Po­lice did not spe­cify how many car­tons the thief stole.

When the clerk dis­covered the theft in pro­gress, both ac­com­plices fled the store on foot. They were last seen head­ing east on Tyson Av­en­ue to­ward Rut­land Street.

One thief was de­scribed as black, 20 to 30 years old, wear­ing blue pants, a blue shirt and a dark “doo rag.” The oth­er crook was de­scribed as black, 30 to 40 years old, wear­ing jeans, a yel­low shirt and a base­ball cap.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel at You­ to view video of the crime. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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