Police are looking for two men, one of them dressed in women's clothing, who were caught on surveillance camera Sunday night robbing a Family Dollar store in the Glenwood section of North Philadelphia.
Both suspects were initially in the store at 1925 W. Allegheny Ave. around 9 p.m., acting as though they were shopping, according to investigators.
One man, dressed in women's Muslim garb, suddenly walked up to the checkout counter and leveled a handgun at the employees, police said.
He grabbed a clerk by the back of her neck and forced her to open the cash registers and store safe. All the while, his alleged accomplice stood at the front of the counter, acting as a lookout, police said.
The suspects allegedly stole $4,500, then forced the store employees and customers into a stock room before fleeing on foot. The men were last seen running east on Allegheny Avenue, according to investigators.
Both suspects are described as thin black males of about 20 years of age and standing between 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 2 inches tall.
One suspect has a mustache and was last seen wearing dark-colored female Muslim attire with a black-and-white shirt underneath, black running pants with a white stripe, and dark-colored shoes.
The second suspect has a light beard and was last seen wearing dark sunglasses, a dark jacket with a horizontal white stripe, blue jeans, and a dark-colored Jeff cap.
Anyone with information on the suspects or crime is asked to contact the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353 or 3354, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847).
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