Three Northeast businesses robbed

  • Welsh Road Surveillance video

  • Torresdale Ave. Surveillance photo

Po­lice have pos­ted sur­veil­lance video hop­ing that the pub­lic will help them identi­fy the cul­prits in three re­cent, un­re­lated rob­ber­ies in­volving North­east busi­nesses.

The latest case oc­curred last Thursday at Blue Grass Phar­macy, 2400 Welsh Road. An un­known man entered the store at 9:12 a.m., walked around a bit, then ex­ited. As he left, two oth­er men entered the store, poin­ted hand­guns at an em­ploy­ee’s head and de­man­ded pre­scrip­tion drugs. After re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video, po­lice de­term­ined that the same lead man had vis­ited the store one day earli­er, prob­ably to scout the place.

The first man was de­scribed as black, 20 to 30 years old and about 200 pounds. One gun­man was de­scribed as black, 20, 6 feet tall and thin. A second gun­man was black, 20 to 30, 6 feet tall and thin. All three wore gray hood­ies and dark pants. The gun­men wore white latex gloves.

An­oth­er rob­bery oc­curred on June 3 at Fam­ily Dol­lar, 5807 Tor­res­dale Ave., at about 9:20 p.m. The crook waved a met­al pipe at a 19-year-old wo­man em­ploy­ee and de­man­ded cash. When the clerk said she couldn’t open the re­gister, the rob­ber tried and failed to open it. He was last seen run­ning east­bound on Van Kirk Street.

The rob­ber was de­scribed as a white man, 30 years old, with dark hair, a beard, a gray hood­ie, dark jeans and a black Phil­lies cap.

On May 22, an­oth­er gun­man robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts at 6323 Castor Ave. at about 7:55 p.m. The ban­dit poin­ted the weapon at a clerk, who sur­rendered $125 from a cash re­gister. The rob­ber fled in an un­known dir­ec­tion.

He was de­scribed as a man of un­known race, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a me­di­um build, a gray hood­ie with black let­ter­ing, a black half-mask and a hand­gun.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view sur­veil­lance video from all three rob­ber­ies. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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