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Cops seeking shooter of check-cashing store owner

Philly police said they have zeroed in on the man who shot and killed the owner of a North Philly check cashing store last weekend.

Cops seeking shooter of check-cashing store owner

Eric Locke (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)
Eric Locke (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)

Philly police said they have zeroed in on the man who shot and killed the owner of a North Philly check cashing store last weekend. 

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 31-year-old Eric Locke, said Philadelphia Capt. James Clark at a news conference this afternoon. Locke lives a block away from the B & R Check Cashing store at 26th and Sterner Streets where 53-year-old Joel Blumer was killed on March 3.

Blumer, a married father of two who lived in Bucks County, was approached by a man with a gun as he was opening his store at 9 a.m. The gunman shot Blumer and grabbed a duffel bag Blumer was carrying, which police said was filled with cash.

Police believe Locke, who Clark said has a violent history, may have watched Blumer and learned his routines. Blumer was a beloved figure in the neighborhood, and police immediately got many tips from residents of the area, Clark said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police. A reward of $20,000 is available for info leading to Locke's arrest and conviction.

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Mike Newall has been covering Philly crime, cops and mayhem since 2007, beginning with his work with the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly.

He joined the Inquirer’s New Jersey Bureau in 2010, reporting extensively on violence in Camden, and has been back on the Philly crime beat since April, where he finds the people and the stories behind the daily crime blotter.

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