Detectives are investigating robberies of elderly victims targeted after withdrawing large amounts of money from banks in neighborhoods stretching from Fishtown to Northeast Philadelphia.
Eight of 11 cases that police believe are related involved victims who were robbed after they left a bank and were on their way home or had arrived at home and were accosted, authorities said Thursday.
The first robbery occurred April 24 and the most recent Aug. 13, police said. The victims were mainly elderly, including a 96-year-old.
At least one man is seen in surveillance videos waiting outside the banks until a likely victim shows up. He then follows the person in and observes whether he or she withdraws a large sum. If so, he follows the person home, either by car or public transportation.