Man shot, killed in Germantown

Posted: January 25, 2012

Man shot, killed in G'town

* Tacoma Street near Seymour

A 43-year-old man who was shot and killed on Tacoma Street near Seymour in Germantown yesterday afternoon was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital about 6:45 p.m., homicide detectives said.

The shots rang out about 4:15 p.m., and homicide detectives were working last night to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting.

A description of the killer was not immediately available, and no arrests were made.

The shooting raised the city's number of homicides to 28 so far this year, surpassing the tally from 2007, which was the city's deadliest year out of the past five.

Tipsters are asked to call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334, or the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477).

Reward offered

in Rite Aid heist

* Washington Lane near

Crittenden Street

Rite Aid and the Citizens Crime Commission are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed a Rite Aid in East Germantown on Saturday night.

The man walked into the store about 8:20 p.m., pulled a handgun on an employee and demanded cash and cigarettes, police said.

The clerk filled a bag with cigarettes but was unable to open the register, police said.

The gunman was seen running from the store east on Washington Lane.

A surveillance camera inside the store recorded the incident, and police yesterday posted it online in hopes that help from the public will help lead to an arrest.

Police described the robber as a dark-skinned black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 with a medium build.

He has a beard and was wearing a black hooded sweater, a black leather jacket, blue jeans and work boots, police said.

Tipsters are asked to call the Philadelphia Police Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353, or the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (-8477).

Man shot in leg

in Holmesburg

* Frankford Avenue near Welsh


A 28-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot in his left leg on Frankford Avenue near Welsh Road in Holmesburg, police said.

The shooting happened about 5 p.m. in front of a Dollar Tree store, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Medics took the man to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital, where he was listed in stable condition as of 10 p.m.

Small said that the shooter fired at the victim at least four times and that a private surveillance camera recorded the incident.

The shooter, described as a white man who may have had red hair, jumped into a white Dodge Stratus that police stopped on Meridian Street near Torresdale Avenue.

However, the suspect was no longer in the car.

"The people inside the car admitted to picking up the suspect," Small said.

They were being interviewed by police in the Northeast Detective Division last night, and Small said that cops were likely closing in on the suspect.

The car was being held last night by police, who were dusting it for the man's fingerprints, Small said.

Information on the shooter's motive was not immediately available.

Woman arrested in embezzlement

* Ridley Park

A Ridley Park woman was arrested yesterday morning for allegedly embezzling more than $600,000 from the Folcroft advertising-display company for which she worked.

From June 3, 2004, to March 16, 2010, Laura Rogers-Fisher allegedly used her position as a payroll manager for Sho-Aids Inc. to funnel the money into bank accounts owned by Robert C. Morgan, a friend who has never been employed by the company. Rogers-Fisher created fake work orders in Morgan's name, later swapping his information for that of actual company employees to avoid detection, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said.

The D.A.'s Criminal Investigation Division began investigating the case after receiving a tip last February. In October, Morgan told investigators that Rogers-Fisher had been giving him checks written in his name from Sho-Aids to cash-in in exchange for a cut of the money.

Rogers-Fisher was charged with theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, forgery and related charges. Her bail was set at $100,000. She is being held in Delaware County Prison pending a preliminary hearing Jan. 31.

- Phillip Lucas, Vinny Vella

and staff reports

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