Cops investigating series of armed robberies in S.W. Philly

Police are hoping surveillance footage leads to an arrest in a string of armed robberies in Southwest Philadelphia.

About 5 p.m. Oct. 1, a man walked into a Cricket Wireless store on Island Avenue near Lindbergh Boulevard and pointed a gun at an employee.

The man demanded money from the register, got $90 and left the store, cops said.

Police said the suspect joined another man outside and ran toward the nearby Korman Suites apartments.

Around 6:30 p.m., a man walked into a Radio Shack on the same block as the Cricket store and robbed it at gunpoint.

Police said he left the store with about $1,400 in cash and joined a second man outside before running off.

Around 3:15 p.m. Oct. 7, a man walked into the China House restaurant on 70th Street near Grovers Avenue and robbed it at gunpoint while another man stood outside. Police said the man threatened employees with a black handgun and left with about $80 in cash.

Officials believe the same two men robbed the businesses, and are asking for help from the public to make an arrest.

Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-TIPS.