A pattern of violence has developed around Torresdale Avenue and Vista Street in Holmesburg. And the body count is growing with each successive outbreak.
A robber didn’t waste time putting on a disguise before he knocked off a Wissinoming convenience store on Jan. 4. In fact, he didn’t even stop to take the cash, according to police.
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.
The last time an arbitration panel awarded a new contract to Philadelphia’s firefighters and paramedics, Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration spent about four years fighting it in court.
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.
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.
A woman who helped imprison, beat and starve disabled people in a dungeon-like Tacony basement while stealing their government benefits pleaded guilty to dozens of federal crimes on Dec. 22.
Philadelphia police caught two suspected burglars lying down on the job after they allegedly broke into a Somerton department store on Dec. 17 and tripped off a silent alarm.