Cops: Woman robbed Payless with note hidden in shoe box

Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of a woman who allegedly used a threatening note placed inside a shoe box to rob a Payless ShoeSource in Port Richmond last month.

Police said a 23-year-old woman was working behind the counter of the Payless at 3401 Aramingo Ave. shortly after 1:15 p.m. Aug. 18, when an unknown woman entered the store.

The customer allegedly ignored the clerk’s greeting and began perusing the merchandise. Police said she walked over to one of the aisles, picked up a pair of boots, and brought them to the counter.

As the clerk began ringing up the purchase, she found a threatening note inside the shoe box, according to investigators.

Police said the suspect then briefly removed a black sweater from her right arm, exposing the handle of a handgun.

She fled the store after allegedly stealing an undetermined amount of cash from the register.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-4-inch-tall black female in her early 30s, weighing between 180 and 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing sunglasses, a shoulder-length wavy hair weave, a blue T-shirt with a large white 76ers logo, blue jean shorts, and white sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information on the suspect or crime is asked to contact the East Detective Division at 215-686-3243 or 3244, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847).

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