Suspects wanted in Philadelphia restaurant robberies

Philadelphia police are looking for a group of suspects in a number of armed robberies at fast food restaurants across the city.

Investigators are investigating whether the incidents may have involved the same four or five suspects, who may be between the ages of 16 and 18.

In total, police say there have been five incidents at fast food restaurants since January 16.

During those incidents, investigators say four masked suspects, including at least two armed ones, swarmed restaurants and ordered employees to move. Then they will move quickly to withdraw money from ledgers or safes.

Philadelphia Police Assistant Commissioner Frank Vanore said in a Wednesday briefing that the group appears to be “very organized” and usually have a fifth suspect waiting for them in a silver Nissan Rogue.

In some cases, firearms have been pointed at restaurant employee chefs. No injuries have been reported in any of the incidents at this time.

The dates and locations of the incidents under investigation are as follows:

  • January 16: Popeyes 2700 West Hunting Park Avenue
  • January 19: Burger King 4700 North Broad Street
  • January 22: McDonald’s 3100 West Allegheny Avenue
  • January 24: McDonald’s West Oregon Avenue
  • January 25: Burger King 1521 South Columbus Boulevard

Police say the suspects recently knocked into a Burger King on Columbus Boulevard.

Police said another robbery at a Burger King near 7th and Lehigh is also being investigated as authorities work to determine if it matches the pattern seen in the other incidents.

Investigators say all four suspects fled with at least $2,500 from one of the scenes.

Investigations into all incidents are ongoing.



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