Northeast Times

Suspect sought in barbershop robbery

A con­fused-look­ing man with a BB gun tried to rob a Bell’s Corner del­icatessen, failed, then robbed a nearby barber­shop of $50 on Sat­urday morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice Capt. Frank Bach­may­er.

North­east de­tect­ives are try­ing to identi­fy and find the cul­prit, but already have re­covered the small-caliber pis­tol used by the rob­ber.

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted, al­though Jack’s Deli, at 8502 Bustleton Ave., was packed with brunch pat­rons when the first phase of the mini-crime spree tran­spired. The crook first ap­proached a deli cash­ier at about 10:48 a.m. and de­man­ded money, Bach­may­er said. The em­ploy­ee later de­scribed the gun­man as “con­fused.” He fled the busi­ness empty handed.

About five minutes later, the same man showed up at Hair Styl­ing by Alex at 1846 Ber­gen St. and an­nounced an­oth­er rob­bery, Bach­may­er said. He took $50 from the cash re­gister then ran away.

Wit­nesses de­scribed the sus­pect as a white man, about 27 or 28 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He wore a navy blue hood­ie with the let­ter­ing “NY State 54” on the back, as well as tan shorts and black sneak­ers. He was last seen run­ning west­bound on Ber­gen Street, then north­bound on Lor­etto Av­en­ue.

One wo­man who vis­ited the deli mo­ments after the failed heist told the North­east Times that many pat­rons con­tin­ued their meals des­pite the dis­turb­ance, which many pat­rons ap­par­ently didn’t even no­tice. 

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-354-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crimes. •• 

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