Suspect foiled in three S.W. Philly robberies

A man tried robbing a gas station and two restaurants in Southwest Philadelphia Friday morning and went home empty handed, police said.

It all started just after 5 a.m. on Island Avenue near Elmwood Street, Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division said.

A man approached an employee outside a Sunoco gas station and announced a robbery. The clerk ran inside and barricaded himself in an office, Walker said.

This bad luck bandit apparently wasn’t discouraged.

At 6:45 a.m., the man walked into a Burger King on Island Avenue near the Penrose Plaza Shopping Center and demanded money from a cashier.

The man said he had a gun but never pulled one out, Walker said. The cashier called his bluff and refused to open the drawer.

Ten minutes later, the determined suspect walked into a nearby McDonald’s demanding money.  

And again, the cashier did not believe the suspect had a gun and refused to open the drawer.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this,” Walker said.

Police described the suspect as a dark-skinned black man in his mid-20s who weighs about 160 pounds.

The man was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and a black baseball cap with the Chevrolet logo on the front at the time.