Thieves try to steal change, cause gas line burst

Sur­veil­lance photo

Two thieves tried to steal change from a clothes dry­er and al­most caused a dis­aster in a Rhawn­hurst apart­ment build­ing on June 26, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

A sur­veil­lance cam­era filmed the men in the laun­dry room at 1844 Solly Ave. as they at­temp­ted to break open the coin slot and tipped the dry­er, caus­ing the gas line to burst. The crooks fled in an un­known dir­ec­tion as the build­ing filled with gas. A short time later, the Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment and Phil­adelphia Gas Works re­spon­ded to emer­gency calls, neut­ral­ized the threat and re­paired the gas line.

The thieves were de­scribed as black, 20 years old and bearded. One has a heavy build and wore a T-shirt, shorts and back­pack. The oth­er has a thin build and wore a base­ball cap with a white logo on the brim, along with a hood­ie and shorts. Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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