PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Police Department believe three armed robberies that took place in January are linked.
The department’s Northwest Detective Division is investigating a robbery pattern that has developed in the 35th and 39th Districts. This pattern is based on victimology, description of the offender, and modus operandi.
On January 16, 2022, at 5:47 PM, an employee of Popeye’s at 2749 W. Hunting Park Ave five unknown black males entered the store. Offender #1 was ordering food when offender #2 pointed a grey handgun at the cashier. Offender #3 then jumped behind the counter and took money from the registers. Offenders #4 and #5 were armed with handguns and went into the kitchen and ordered the employees to the front of the store. The offenders took $1500 then fled on foot and were last seen on Fox St.
On January 19, 2022, at 9:00 PM. an employee at Burger King located at 4700 N. Broad St stated that four offenders entered the store. After placing an order for food, two offenders pulled out black handguns and pointed them at the employees. Offender #1 jumped over the counter while the other three offenders went behind the counter through a side door. The offenders took money from the registers and then went to the kitchen and ordered the manager to open the safe. The offenders took $2100 then fled in a silver Nissan Rogue with a dent on the hood and a missing Nissan emblem.
On January 21, 2022, at 8:13 PM, an employee at McDonald’s at 3100 W. Allegheny Ave stated that four offenders entered the store with handguns and forced the manager to empty the safe and cash registers. The offenders took $9000 then fled in a grey Nissan SUV.
On January 24, 2022, at approx. 7:44pm, four black males wearing masks entered the McDonalds located at 120 E. Oregon Ave. Two of the offenders went behind the counter and demanded money from the cash registers and safe, while two other offenders stood by the exit preventing anyone from entering or exiting the store. Following the robbery, all four males exited the store and entered an awaiting Honda Pilot and fled the location with approx. $2000. No injuries were reported. During the time of the incident, the restaurant was opened, and the male offenders entered and exited through the main lobby doors.
On January 25, 2022, at approx. 9:02pm, four black males wearing masks entered the Burger King located at 1521 S. Columbus Blvd through a side service door. The manager was forced into the restaurant and instructed to open the safe and cash registers. Each of the offenders then went to a different register and the safe, to collect the money from those locations. Following the robbery, the males exited the store through the side service door and entered an awaiting black vehicle, possibly a Honda Pilot, and fled the location with an undetermined amount of money. There were no injuries reported. The restaurant was closed to customers at the time of the Robbery.