Serial armed robber attempts three heists in NE

Sur­veil­lance photo

An armed rob­ber wouldn’t take no for an an­swer, but au­thor­it­ies aren’t likely to give him cred­it for per­sist­ence. In fact, po­lice in­tens­i­fied their hunt for the uniden­ti­fied, knife-wield­ing ban­dit last Wed­nes­day and Fri­day with the re­lease of sur­veil­lance videos.

The same crook tar­geted two Far North­east con­veni­ence stores with­in a half-hour early on Aug. 3, then a third on Fri­day, po­lice said. He fled the first at­tempt empty handed, but made off from the second and third hold-ups with bags of cash.

At about 2:40 a.m. Aug. 3, the rob­ber burst in­to the 7-El­ev­en at 9901 Frank­ford Ave., ap­proached a 43-year-old male clerk, poin­ted a knife at him and de­man­ded money. When the clerk backed away, the rob­ber ran out the front door and north­bound on Frank­ford. The clerk was wait­ing on a pat­ron at the time, but neither man was in­jured.

About 30 minutes later, a rob­ber fit­ting the same de­scrip­tion ar­rived at the Wawa at 9456 State Road, poin­ted a knife at a clerk and de­man­ded money. The em­ploy­ee stuffed an un­dis­closed amount of cash from the re­gister in­to a plastic bag for the ban­dit, who fled north­bound on State. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

The rob­ber was de­scribed as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and thin with a gray hood­ie, tan pants, gray shoes, black mask, pink hat and pink glasses. 

The latest hold-up oc­curred at about 12:20 a.m. Fri­day at the Wawa, 10550 Knights Road, when the ban­dit ap­proached a 61-year-old store em­ploy­ee out­side the busi­ness, poin­ted a knife at him and forced him in­side. Once in­side, the clerk sur­rendered an un­dis­closed amount of cash from the re­gister. 

The rob­ber fled on foot west­bound on Clar­en­don Street. He was de­scribed as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He wore a dark gray but­ton-down hood­ie with black sleeves and the hood up, along with a blue bandanna over his face, black gloves and light gray sweat­pants.

A sim­il­ar rob­bery oc­curred at the same Knights Road Wawa on Ju­ly 14 at about 12:30 a.m. and in­volved a 6-foot, 1-inch, white man with a thin build and a knife. That crime was not con­nec­ted to the same ban­dit. Po­lice have made an ar­rest in the Ju­ly 14 case.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the latest sur­veil­lance videos. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the cases. ••

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