Thursday, November 26, 2015

Police searching for armed robbery suspects

Police are searching for four men in connection with an armed robbery from last Thursday in Southwest Philadelphia.

Police searching for armed robbery suspects


Police are searching for four men in connection with an armed robbery from last Thursday in Southwest Philadelphia.

The men walked into the Adelphia Pizza restaurant on Baltimore Avenue near 56th Street at about 10:45 p.m. and demanded money, police said. The suspects took the victims into a lounge near the back of the restaurant and robbed them of their cell phones and wallets. Police said the men fled the scene with about $1,100 in cash.

Less than 10 minutes later, the men used the stolen credit cards to buy gas at a Lukoil station on Baltimore Avenue, about two blocks from the restaurant, police said.

At about 11:30 p.m., the men were recorded on surveillance camera at a BP gas station on Island Avenue near Greenway Avenue, where they spent about 45 minutes offering to buy gas for customers — using credit cards they stole from the pizza restaurant — in exchange for cash, police said.

The suspects were described as black men in their late teens or early 20s. One man was wearing a navy blue Old Navy shirt with white writing, light blue three-quarter length denim shorts, and black tennis shoes. The second suspect was wearing a white sleeveless shirt and black pants. The third suspect was wearing a red and white plaid shirt with a collar, blue jeans with the cuffs rolled up to his ankles, and black sneakers with white soles. The man had a short afro haircut at the time of the robbery.

Police could not provide a description of the fourth suspect.

Surveillance footage showed the suspects leaving the scene in a green minivan with tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the suspects is encouraged to call the Philadelphia Police tip line at 215-686-8477.

The surveillance video, along with video from other incidents, is also available on the Philadelphia Police website.

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