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Robber ambushes victim, steals laptop

An unidentified man went to a Mayfair 7-Eleven on Christmas Eve to shop for a specific, high-priced laptop computer, but he never intended to pay a dime for it, according to Philadelphia police. Instead, the thug slugged another patron in the back of the head and swiped the device from his hands.


Man shot in Philadelphia Mills parking lot

Franklin Mills mall changed its name while Walmart moved, but violent crime still found the sprawling shopping destination on Jan. 9 as a shooting there left one man wounded and police searching for a gunman.


Catch-all crook condemned to long prison term

Lisandro Rodriguez transcends labels.


Three shot fatally in Holmesburg rowhouse

A pattern of violence has developed around Torresdale Avenue and Vista Street in Holmesburg. And the body count is growing with each successive outbreak.


Man uses hammer in phone store robbery

A visitor to a Castor Gardens cell phone store on Christmas Eve seemed like a friendly enough fellow when he approached the front counter, shook a clerk’s hand, then browsed the shop for about a half-hour before leaving.


Alleged Pennypack rapist returns in cuffs

Two years ago, Robert Palen abandoned his job, his wife, his children and his Northeast Philadelphia home to satisfy his fascination with a 20-something Wisconsin woman whom he knew only through a dating website, police say.


Register, electronics stolen from pizzeria

Three burglars treated a Frankford pizzeria like their personal after-hours appliance store on Dec. 21, and they didn’t pay a dime.


Man stabbed in home invasion

A Tacony man escaped serious injury when he returned home on New Year’s Eve, went upstairs and found a knife-wielding burglar rooting through his dresser.


Rash of armed robberies hits Frankford

Armed robbers closed 2014 with a flourish in Frankford as they tallied at least a dozen stickups during the final 10 days of the year, mostly in the area of SEPTA Frankford Transportation Center.


Crime log: January 7, 2015

Dec. 1 through 14