Cops ID accused Rite Aid robber

The Philly Confidential comments section lit up last month when I posted a blurb about a balding, hefty, 30-something white guy who robbed a South Philly Rite Aid of $3,000. (Readers seemed evenly divided between Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin comparions. Tough call.)

Earlier today, police officials said a tipster helped investigators identify the crook as Alan Pierce, 39, of Tudor Street near Crispin in Northeast Philadelphia. Cops say surveillance footage shows Pierce wandering around the Rite Aid on Snyder Avenue near Swanson Street for about 30 minutes on July 20. Pierce, who's about 5-foot-11, 300 pounds, then allegedly followed a female employee to the store's office, pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the store's safe. He fled on foot.

Anyone with information can contact South Detectives at 215-686-3013.