Thugs fool guards, rob and hurt elderly woman in Center City high-rise

Six lousy bucks.

That's what the two heartless thugs who attacked a 93-year-old woman in her Center City apartment building got on Monday. Police now are hunting the robbers - whose ruse was caught on surveillance camera - in hopes of bringing justice to the victim and ensuring it doesn't happen again.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the two men appeared to be stalking the victim when she entered her high-rise at 15th and Locust streets about 10 a.m. Monday. Security cameras show one man strolling boldly past a security guard and following his prey into the elevator, while the other suspect distracted the guard with a phony story about his grandmother once living in the building. See the video here.

In the elevator, Vanore said, the robber pounced as the doors opened onto the victim's floor. He pushed her out of the elevator, kicked her and stole the wallet from her purse, fleeing in an unknown direction, Vanore said. The woman fractured her wrist in the scuffle. The thugs escaped with just $6 - even though the victim had additional money stashed in a secret pocket in her purse.

"These two are cowards," Vanore said. "Anybody who's going to prey on  a 93-year-old woman who's defenseless, for $6, needs to be found."

Police described the first bad guy as black man in his 40s, 180 pounds, 5-foot-9, holding a brown suit jacket and wearing a black, brown and tan plaid shirt, khakis and black shoes. The second baddie is a black man in his 30s, 195 pounds, 6-foot-2 and wearing a white baseball cap, sunglasses with metal frames, a long-sleeve, button-down maroon shirt, dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone who recognizes these suspects or knows anything about this incident can call Central Detectives at (215) 686-3093.