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.
Relatives and friends of Brandon Tate-Brown don’t believe the official version of the events that led Philadelphia police to shoot him fatally on Dec. 15 on the 6600 block of Frankford Ave.
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.
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.
Members of the Holme Circle Civic Association joined the neighborhood’s elected officials in a holiday social at the local Dunkin’ Donuts on Dec. 17. The event has become an annual celebration for the civic association, replacing its regular monthly business meeting each December. Attendees enjoyed complimentary coffee and seasonal sweets.
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.
Alert police in the 15th district captured a man suspected in six armed robberies of cell phone and dollar stores in the Castor Gardens, Wissinoming and Tacony neighborhoods last month.
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.
Three burglars treated a Frankford pizzeria like their personal after-hours appliance store on Dec. 21, and they didn’t pay a dime.
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