Assault rifle used in Nicetown beauty-supply store heist

Posted: December 01, 2013

NICETOWN The heist at Nicetown's Wild & Crazy Beauty Supply Store lasted less than a minute, but the video footage police recovered was alarming: two masked men, one brandishing an assault rifle, storming into the store and demanding cash.

Philadelphia police on Friday were asking for help in tracking down the robbers, while employees who were in the store during Wednesday night's stickup were trying to put the incident behind them.

"It happens," Derrick Hannibal, who has worked at Wild & Crazy for about a year, said Friday. "You just have to deal with it and move on."

Police said the robbery happened about 6:05 p.m., when two men rushed into the store at 4326 N. Broad St. The first man, armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle, then forced employees to empty the cash registers.

The second man stood by the door as lookout.

The men took an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Hannibal said the store had dealt with thefts but nothing like Wednesday's robbery.

Several customers were in the store at the time and fled to the back, said Hannibal, who was working when the robbery occurred.

"Thank God none of them got robbed," he said.

Hannibal said employees were "dealing fine" after the incident.

Police described the man carrying the assault rifle as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, with a medium build, wearing a black neoprene ski mask, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, black pants, an Armani Exchange belt, and dark sneakers.

The lookout was also in his late teens or early 20s, police said. His face was covered with an animal-print mask, and he was wearing an Adidas gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and gray sneakers with bright-red laces.

Police have posted surveillance footage of the incident at and are asking anyone with information to call Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353 or 215-686-3354.

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