Police search for Bridesburg pharmacy thief
The Philadelphia Police Department has released security camera footage of an armed robbery that took place at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Bridesburg on April 15, and are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the man on video.
The suspect first entered the Bridesburg Rite Aid at 4390 Richmond St. on Monday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. The suspect then bought a Gatorade and left the store.
The suspect returned an hour later, at 11:30 a.m. He then went behind the pharmacy counter at the rear of the store holding a handgun and a note demanding drugs.
An employee gave the suspect access to where narcotics were kept. After allegedly taking several bottles of narcotics, the suspect placed the drugs in a black bag and fled the store.
The suspect is believed to be a white male, aged 25 to 32, 5’5” to 5’7”, thin build, wearing a tan jacket, dark colored baseball cap, dark colored pants and dark colored shoes.
If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please contact Northeast Detectives Division at 215-686-3153/3154, and ask for Det. Guarna, #9032, in reference to DC# 13-15-034330.
To view the surveillance video: Visit http://phillypolice.com/news. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. ••
Port Richmond pizza chef sentenced to 15 months
Kenneth W. Smith, Jr. was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he falsely told authorities a passenger on a plane was carrying liquid explosives.
Smith, 26, of Port Richmond, who worked at 3 Brothers Pizza on Ontario Street, apologized for his actions in court and was sentenced on April 22.
On Sept. 6, Smith called Philadelphia Airport Police and falsely told them that Christopher Shell, whom he knew to be flying to Texas at that time, was carrying liquid explosives on the plane.
US Airways Flight 1267 was carrying 74 passengers and crew members over Harrisburg, headed for Dallas, Texas, when it was rerouted to Philadelphia, where the plane was met by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Bomb Disposal Unit.
Authorities tracked the hoax to Smith, who was arrested and said he had made the bomb threat to “avenge” his girlfriend, of whom Shell had reportedly posted lewd photographs on Facebook. ••
20K reward for killer of Kensington pair
At 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, a man and woman were killed on the 200 block of East Gurney Street inside a car while an 11-year-old child sat in the back seat.
Police said that Carmen Medina, 31, stepped outside of a gray Jeep to argue with a tall African-American man. Thomas Gorman, 39, sat in the passenger seat, and Medina’s 11-year-old son was in the backseat.
After Medina got back in the car, the African-American man reportedly opened the driver’s side door and shot Medina several times.
Police said the shooter turned his gun to the 11-year-old boy, but Gorman threw himself into the backseat, shielding the boy. Gorman was shot and killed.
The suspect was described as heavyset, about 6’2” and bald with a full beard. He was last seen running east on Gurney Street. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the couple’s killer.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 215-686-3334. ••
Bridesburg pair left son with gun
Melissa Seficiano, 23, and Emanuel Cosme, 22, of the 5000 block of Worth Street, just outside Bridesburg, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child last week after police found their six-year-old son alone in a car with a loaded handgun.
Police were responding to a crowd disturbance nearby on Wednesday, April 24, when they found the child by himself in the car. A loaded .44-caliber handgun was on the floor of the car nearby. The boy was reportedly turned over to his maternal grandmother. ••
-Briefs by Sam Newhouse