Reward offered for tips on armed robbery suspect

Rite Aid and the Citizens Crime Commission are offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed a Rite Aid on Washington Lane near Crittenden Street Saturday night.

The man walked into the store about 8:20 p.m., pulled a handgun on a clerk and demanded cash and cigarettes, police said.

The clerk filled a bag with cigarettes, but was unable to open the register, police said.

The suspect was last seen running from the store east on Washington Lane.

A surveillance camera inside the store recorded the incident, and police Tuesday posted it online in hopes that help from the public will help lead to an arrest.

Police described the robber as a dark skinned black man in his 20s, who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and has a medium build.

The man has a beard and was wearing a black hooded sweater, a black leather jacket, blue jeans and work boots, police said.

Tipsters are asked to call the Philadelphia Police Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-335, or the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477).  

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