Armed robbers have mounted a formidable assault on Northeast shops and convenience stores since mid-August, But it’s no coincidence, according to Philadelphia police, who say that the same masked man was involved in at least 13 of those crimes.
An unknown man didn’t just break into a Mayfair computer store on Sept. 19, he became a repeat visitor there. Police say that the burglar raided the property three times early that morning and even changed his clothes in between his visits.
Maybe a gamer was channeling his inner Grand Theft Auto when he smashed a window of an unattended car on the edge of Pennypack Park on Sept. 24. Or maybe he just wanted a new Xbox, but couldn’t afford one.
A couple of creative burglars busted open a back door and cut through a wall to break into a Summerdale grocery store on Sept. 13, but they apparently didn’t account for the surveillance cameras inside, according to police.
A gunman held up a Burholme convenience store early on Sept. 11. The robbery occurred at 7-Eleven, 1435 Cottman Ave., at about 1:15 a.m. when an unknown man followed the store clerk into the business, pulled a gun and demanded cash. The clerk took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and gave it to the robber, who fled southbound through the store’s parking lot. No injuries were reported.
Philadelphia police have released new surveillance video of the Aug. 22 armed robbery of Mayfair’s Red Robin Diner in hope of identifying the gunmen. The video has been posted to the Philadelphia Police channel on YouTube.com.
A Mayfair resident’s surveillance cameras recorded two men as they allegedly cased his home on the afternoon of Aug. 4, then tried to break into the victim’s garage early the following morning. Police are trying to identify the would-be burglars depicted in the videos.