$1,000 offered for suspect in GameStop holdups

GameStop and the Citizens Crime Commission are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man police say held up two Philadelphia GameStop stores earlier this week.

In the first incident, just before noon Sunday, cops say the suspect, Maurice Connelly, 20, went into the GameStop on Chew Avenue near Wister Street in East Germantown armed with a gun and demanded money from the safe and cash registers. He then handed an employee a backpack and had the employee fill it with an unknown amount of cash, an Xbox game system, employees’ cell phones and keys to the store, police said, and left the store and fled on foot.

Police are looking for Maurice Connelly, 20, of East Germantown, in connection with the holdups of two GameStop stores. (Photo: Philadelphia Police)

The next day, police say Connelly struck again when he went into the GameStop on Broad Street near Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia and held it up around 11:30 a.m. In that incident, police say he duct-taped employees and put them in the rear of the store while he took an unknown amount of cash, a PlayStation 3 game system and video games.

Cops said Connelly lives on 21st Street near Nedro Avenue in East Germantown and is described as a stocky black man with a beard. In one robbery, he wore a blue and red Polo hat with the number three on the side and a blue Polo shirt with white lettering, and in the other, he wore a blue Polo shirt with a white Polo logo, dark shorts, white sneakers and a black-and-gray backpack.

Tipsters should call police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or call the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353.