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Brides­burg phar­macy thief sought; Port Rich­mond pizza chef sen­tenced; Kens­ing­ton pair killed in front of child, and more.

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

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