Northeast Times

Suspect sought in robbery attempts

Sur­veil­lance photo

A bungling ban­dit went 0-for-2 in rob­bery at­tempts at a pair of North­east busi­nesses last week as store em­ploy­ees es­sen­tially told him to get lost. But the same man made off with a bag of cash from a third heist on Sunday.

The uniden­ti­fied crook tried to knock off a May­fair Acme on April 8, then a Cres­centville Rite Aid about an hour later, but left empty-handed both times. The first at­tempt oc­curred at about 2:15 p.m. at 6601 Roosevelt Blvd. when the man walked up to an Acme clerk and asked where to find a cer­tain item in the store. The work­er led the pair in­to an aisle, where the would-be pat­ron claimed he had a gun and de­man­ded money. The clerk re­fusedhe de­mands, however, prompt­ing the crookn, prompt­ing the crook to flee. He was last seen on Un­ruh Av­en­ue.

On the same day at about 3:23 p.m., the same of­fend­er ap­proached an em­ploy­ee of the Rite Aid at 5694 Rising Sun Ave. in an aisle, claimed that he had a con­cealed gun and de­man­ded the store’s money. The clerk re­fused to go to the rear of­fice and re­turned to the front re­gister area to wait on oth­er pat­rons. A short time later, the sus­pi­cious man ap­proached the re­gister and again de­man­ded money. Again, the clerk re­fused, so the crook fled the store. He was last seen headed north on Rising Sun Av­en­ue.

On Sunday, the same rob­ber entered the Rite Aid at 6401 Ox­ford Ave. at 4:38 p.m., told an em­ploy­ee he had a gun and forced the work­er to sur­render money from the store’s safe. The crook fled north­bound on Ox­ford Av­en­ue with a yel­low plastic bag con­tain­ing cash.

HeOn Sunday, the same rob­ber entered the Rite Aid at 6401 Ox­ford Ave. at 4:38 p.m., told an em­ploy­ee he had a gun and forced the work­er to sur­render money from the store’s safe. The crook fled north­bound on Ox­ford Av­en­ue with a yel­low plastic bag con­tain­ing cash.

He was de­scribed as black, in his 40s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 190 pounds, with a round face and a stocky build. Sur­veil­lance video of the sus­pect is avail­able from the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com. A re­ward of $2,500 is offered for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest and con­vic­tion. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP. ••

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