Duo arrested for armed robberies

De­tect­ives have ar­res­ted a man and wo­man from Ta­cony in con­nec­tion with four armed rob­ber­ies, in­clud­ing one in which the crooks stole a bank card and tried to use it at a con­veni­ence store minutes after the crime.

Nicole Smith, 31, of the 7100 block of Montague St., con­tac­ted po­lice on Sat­urday to sur­render. She also iden­ti­fied her al­leged ac­com­plice as Mi­chael Coc­cio, 30, of the 7200 block of Tulip St., a po­lice source said. 

On Jan. 13 shortly after 11 p.m., Smith and Coc­cio al­legedly tried to use a stolen deb­it card in­side the 7-El­ev­en at 3301 Tyson Ave. Al­though the sus­pects got away, de­tect­ives de­term­ined that the bank card had been stolen minutes earli­er from a man in his 20s dur­ing a gun­point rob­bery on the 6500 block of Hawthorne St.

The rob­bers were seen us­ing a black Ford Ex­plorer.

On Jan. 16, po­lice Tweeted a re­l­at­ively sharp full-col­or im­age of the wo­man that had been re­covered from a store sur­veil­lance cam­era. Smith called po­lice two days later.

Upon fur­ther in­vest­ig­a­tion, de­tect­ives now be­lieve that the same crooks were re­spons­ible for a re­cent armed rob­bery at Ju­li­ano’s Deli, 5558 Tor­res­dale Ave., as well as two street-corner rob­ber­ies on the 5800 block of Dit­man St. and the 1900 block of Wakeling St.

Smith has no pri­or crim­in­al re­cord. Coc­cio was ar­res­ted twice in 2012 on drug-re­lated charges. Both have been charged with four counts of rob­bery and re­lated crimes and re­main in Phil­adelphia pris­on cus­tody. Coc­cio’s bail has been set at $75,000 and Smith’s at $100,000. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Feb. 4. ••

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