Shotgun Bandits Strike Fear in Busy Shopping Area

Philadelphia, PA: Authorities in Philadelphia are searching for the suspects involved in a series of armed robberies that have left local businesses and residents on edge. The first robbery occurred on November 20 at Larry’s Famous Pizza on Rising Sun Avenue, followed by another incident on December 11 at a Dollar General just blocks away. 

Both incidents involved suspects armed with sawed-off shotguns, who demanded cash before fleeing the scene on foot. So far, no one has been injured in these robberies. The police have made no arrests have been made in connection with the robberies. Both incidents occurred between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and involved two men wearing face masks and dark clothing.

Surveillance images obtained by local news outlet Action News show the suspects wearing face masks during the robberies. In the first incident at Larry’s Famous Pizza, a female employee complied with the suspects’ demands, but the police are still uncertain about the amount of cash taken. The second incident at the nearby Dollar General resulted in the suspects making off with approximately $150 from the register.

The armed robberies have heightened concerns among local businesses and residents in the area. Francisco Garcia, a business owner, has started closing his establishments earlier and keeping a close eye on foot traffic to ensure the safety of his staff and customers. He also said that he installed surveillance cameras. Meanwhile, shoppers who frequent businesses on Rising Sun Avenue have expressed their worry, highlighting a broader issue of robberies happening even in broad daylight.

Police say a pattern is developing, and they are now investigating if there is a connection between these two incidents and any recent armed robberies in the area. In addition, police are investigating whether any other robberies fit the same profile, as they believe there may be more robberies connected to the pair. The authorities are now asking anyone with information to come forward or to contact them at 215-686-TIP.

As the search for the suspects continues, businesses and residents remain on high alert, hoping for swift justice in the face of this wave of armed robberies.