Watch thief strikes same shop twice

Sur­veil­lance photo

A thief took a trust­ing May­fair watch deal­er for a spin on April 19, but po­lice hope that the crook’s time on the lam is about to strike mid­night thanks to sur­veil­lance video of his crimes.

De­tect­ives last week re­leased foot­age from a store se­cur­ity cam­era that shows the thief in ac­tion. The un­known man ar­rived at Henry of May­fair, 7402 Frank­ford Ave., at about 12:45 p.m., handed a watch to the own­er and asked him to re­place the bat­tery. The own­er took the watch to his work­shop in the back of the store.

Seiz­ing the op­por­tun­ity, the crook opened a dis­play case, stole a new Cit­izen watch and fled the store. A short time later, the same thief re­turned to the store wear­ing a dif­fer­ent set of cloth­ing. He again asked the own­er to re­place a watch bat­tery. When the own­er went to the rear work­shop, the thief raided the dis­play case again, grabbing sev­er­al more Cit­izen watches. Po­lice de­scribed them as ladies’ mod­els. The thief fled again in an un­known dir­ec­tion. He was de­scribed as white, 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and thin. He had short-cropped light brown hair and ini­tially wore a blue T-shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. On his second vis­it, the thief wore a red T-shirt, white hat with a “P” logo and black brim, along with tan pants.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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