Robber sought in Lawndale heist

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A rob­ber with brass knuckles and pos­sibly a gun held up a Lawndale mo­bile phone store and roughed up the clerk on Christ­mas Eve. Now, de­tect­ives seek the pub­lic’s help in identi­fy­ing the thug.

Last week, po­lice pos­ted video of the sus­pect on You­Tube. The clip was not re­covered from the crime scene, but was found in a nearby phone store that the rob­ber also vis­ited, but did not hold up, po­lice said.

The crime oc­curred at the A-Mo­bile store at 6347 Rising Sun Ave. at about 1:19 p.m. The rob­ber entered the store, bran­dished brass knuckles and ap­peared to be con­ceal­ing a gun in his sweat­shirt, two em­ploy­ees said. The crook de­man­ded money and phones, walked be­hind a cash­ier’s counter and grabbed one em­ploy­ee by the neck.

Mo­ments later, the rob­ber struck an em­ploy­ee sev­er­al times in the back of the head with an un­known ob­ject, prompt­ing a struggle between the two. Even­tu­ally, the rob­ber fled on foot and was last seen run­ning east­bound on Levick Street.

The crook was de­scribed as black and thin with a black jack­et, black hooded sweat­shirt and black pants. Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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