Northeast Times

Suspects sought in several home invasions

Po­lice are look­ing for a man and two wo­men who pushed their way in­to a dis­abled vet­er­an’s Lawndale home and stole $100 from him on Sunday.

The three came to the vet’s door on the 600 block of East Comly Street at about 4:40 p.m. Ju­ly 6, said Lt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives. They knocked on the door and began ask­ing the res­id­ent some ques­tions be­fore for­cing their way in, search­ing the house and swip­ing the money.

The 68-year-old vic­tim, who suffered a stroke a year ago, Rosen­baum said, has been hos­pit­al­ized.

A wit­ness said the three people used an older mod­el Olds­mobile Sil­hou­ette minivan to leave the area.

The man is in his 40s and has bald­ing black hair. He was wear­ing a white shirt and brown cargo shorts. One wo­man was wear­ing a purple shirt and was between 60 and 70 years old, he said. The oth­er wo­man was between 50 and 60 years old. The three spoke with Turk­ish ac­cents.

Two people with sim­il­ar de­scrip­tions com­mit­ted a sim­il­ar crime a few days earli­er in the same neigh­bor­hood, the lieu­ten­ant said.

In this case, an 83-year-old man answered his door on the 600 block of Sanger Street. A man and a wo­man forced their way in, claim­ing they were neigh­bors and wanted to check his plumb­ing. They asked the man for $20, Rosen­baum said, “and he gave it to them.”

That didn’t stop them from steal­ing the man’s pants, which con­tained his wal­let and $700, Rosen­baum said.

The man was de­scribed as white and in his 50s. The wo­man was white and 70 years old.

Two oth­er crimes at vic­tims’ homes oc­curred dur­ing the first week of the month, also in the Lower North­east, Rosen­baum said. But in those in­cid­ents, the at­tack­er’s de­scrip­tion didn’t match the Comly and Sanger crimes, and these last crimes in­volved vi­ol­ence.

On Ju­ly 5, an 80-year-old res­id­ent of the 1000 block of St. Vin­cent Street in Burholme was at­tacked and robbed of $1,000 after he re­turned home from a loc­al bank, Rosen­baum said. A black man between 45 and 50 years old punched the vic­tim in the chest as he tried to enter his gar­age. He was seen in a gray vehicle, the lieu­ten­ant said.

A few days earli­er and a mile and a half away, an­oth­er eld­erly man was at­tacked and robbed as he entered his gar­age. Rose­baum said an 86-year-old man re­turned to his home on the 1200 block of Rhawn after vis­it­ing a loc­al bank on Ju­ly 1. He was punched in his face by a 6-foot-tall black man who stole $1,000 from him. The rob­ber es­caped in a gray vehicle, the lieu­ten­ant said.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about any of these crimes can call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or call the North­east De­tect­ive Di­vi­sion at 215-686-3153 or 3154. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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