There's smash-and-grab robberies, and then there's flatten-the-building robberies.
Philadelphia police are looking for a suspect who did the latter earlier this month, when he used a U-Haul truck to ram the rear of a Port Richmond building until the cinderblock wall crumbled so he could enter a jewelry store there and steal the valuables inside.
The heist happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 at the Gold Fingers Jewelers on Venango Street near Aramingo Avenue, police said. Surveillance video caught images of a white man pacing in front of the jeweler's before ramming the rear of the building with the truck, entering the store, smashing several glass cases inside and fleeing with "a large amount" of jewelry.
See surveillance video of the incident here.
He's described as 5-foot-6, with a thin build, blonde hair and facial hair. He wore a gray hoodie. Tipsters, call (215) 686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847 or call East Detectives Division's Det. Ellis directly at (215) 686-3243/3244 (DC# 14-24-068277).