Suspects sought in beer store heists

A couple of masked men robbed an Up­per Holmes­burg beer store on Sat­urday night one week after a sim­il­ar heist oc­curred two miles away.

The most re­cent hol­dup oc­curred just be­fore 11 p.m. at Fros­tee’s Cold Case Beer, 8425 Frank­ford Ave., when an un­known man wear­ing a black full-face mask entered the busi­ness, poin­ted a gun through an open­ing in the sales of­fice win­dow and de­man­ded money from a cash­ier. The second rob­ber, who also wore a black full-face mask, entered the sales of­fice and col­lec­ted money that the cash­ier had taken from the re­gister, po­lice said.

The gun­man then de­man­ded that the clerk open the lot­tery draw­er con­tain­ing ad­di­tion­al cash, which the ac­com­plice also col­lec­ted. Fi­nally, the gun­man de­man­ded that the cash­ier sur­render car­tons of ci­gar­ettes. The rob­bers fled the store with $2,800 in stolen cash and 18 car­tons of ci­gar­ettes, po­lice said. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

Al­though both ban­dits wore masks and gloves, the vic­tim saw ex­posed skin and de­scribed them both as white. One rob­ber is 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build, while the oth­er is 6 feet 3 inches tall. Po­lice re­leased no fur­ther de­scrip­tions.

An­oth­er rob­bery oc­curred at the Beer Box, 3350 Grant Ave., on Aug. 16 at about 8:30 p.m. A single rob­ber ob­tained an un­dis­closed amount of cash at gun­point and fled east­bound on Grant in a car, pos­sibly a white Ford Fo­cus. The rob­ber was de­scribed as white, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a dark blue hood­ie, gray bandana over his face, sunglasses and gloves.

Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about either rob­bery. ••

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