Camera catches shot of West Philly nail salon robber

The man pictured above is wanted in connection to two nail salon robberies recently. (Surveillance photo still: Philadelphia Police Department)
The man pictured above is wanted in connection to two nail salon robberies recently. (Surveillance photo still: Philadelphia Police Department)
Posted: August 05, 2012

Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect caught on surveillance camera during two violent West Philadelphia nail salon stick-ups.

A store surveillance camera appears to have caught a clean shot of the suspect in the two hold-ups, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.

Around 11 a.m., Thursday, the gunmen burst into the Myly Nail Salon on the 6200 block Lansdowne Avenue, and put a small black handgun to the store owner as she was working on a customer.

The gunman told the woman "to shut up unless you want to die," Walker said, before fleeing with $100.

About two hours later, the same gunman strode into Tanya Nails on the 5200 block of Chestnut, shouting, "Money, money," and holding the store owner and another woman at gunpoint, Walker said.

After counting the $150 from the counter, the gunmen told the victims, "it's not enough," Walker said, ordering the women to empty their pockets and striking the store owner in the head with his weapon, causing a laceration to the woman's face.

Police are asking tipsters to contact Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.


Contact staff writer Mike Newall at 215-854-2759 or mnewall@phillynews.com.

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