March 31, 2016
FBI seeks help catching robber The FBI/Philadelphia Police Joint Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking help in identifying a man suspected of robbing at least three Center City banks in the last year. The stickups happened July 27 at the Beneficial Bank, 1600 Chestnut St.; Oct. 7 at the Republic Bank, 1601 Walnut St.; and March 18 at the Firstrust Bank, 1515 Market St. Officials said that in each robbery the bandit wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, passed a demand note to a teller, and fled on foot after getting the money.
July 23, 2015 |
SHE BREEZES into the bank, note in hand: a demand for money, a threat to detonate a bomb. She's done it five times in as many weeks, all over Northeast Philly. And nobody knows what she looks like. FBI agents are hot on the trail of a woman they've dubbed the "Burqa Bandit," who wears the traditional Muslim garb during her capers. Despite the lack of detailed description, investigators are confident they'll catch her. Meanwhile, at the height of the Burqa Bandit's reign, another woman, Heather Lane, allegedly hatched her own bank robbery July 15. Lane, 26, wasn't as successful: Cops caught her allegedly holding the bag shortly after she fled a TD Bank on Ridge Avenue near Hermit Street in Wissahickon.
June 18, 2015 |
THE HEADLINE out of West Philly last week was bizarre. A brazen gunman took a cab to a robbery on Ogden Street near 41st on June 9, shot his target twice when the man didn't comply, and then hopped back into the cab. At the time, investigators offered two possible explanations: Either the cabbie was in cahoots with the punk, or he was being coerced with the same gun seen in the surveillance footage. In reality, there was a third, much simpler, answer. That cab, along with 11 others, was stolen from Southwest Philly by an enterprising thief with an "intimate knowledge" of the city's taxi system, police said yesterday.
June 2, 2015 |
MARNAN Harner was having a slow morning at the hair salon: one customer in the chair in front of her, another waiting near a window at the front of the shop. It was cloudy outside, and the temperature was pushing 70. Decent weather for all of the kids who'd soon be darting up and down front steps across the city, filling plastic bags and little buckets with candy. It was Halloween, after all. So Harner didn't think twice when the customer near the window started yapping about a pair of masked men walking near a Garda armored car at the Wells Fargo Bank across the street.
October 29, 2014 |
JOSEPHINE has been decorating her porch in South Philly for 40 years. But it's taken some convincing from her family to make it to year 41 - having your decorations stolen twice in 11 months can do that to a homeowner. "I like decorating, and everyone tells me it looks good," said Josephine, whose last name is being withheld at her request. "I can't understand why someone would do this. " Late Thursday, some punk swiped the "scary butler" doll that Josephine had put outside her home on Fitzgerald Street near 11th, police said.
July 22, 2014 |
Continuing this summer's exciting trend of experimental theater is Applied Mechanics' We Are Bandits , a fascinating and ambitious show at the Asian Arts Initiative. Rebecca Wright directs a collective of talented people who wrote and composed this piece. In the spirit of its "99 percent" politics, the show is free; there are no seats, and audience members can walk through the vast space, following any character and any thread of the narrative that catches their interest. With the real Philadelphia skyline visible through enormous windows and an any-city skyline painted on the white walls, the production (designed by Maria Shaplin, with the set designed by Caitlin Lainoff)
July 18, 2014 |
The name Applied Mechanics sounds pretty clinical for a local theater collective that's touched by the deepest of passions, artistic and political. To an extent, though, Applied Mechanics' methods are as calculated and focused as they are free and communal, as evidenced by their newest theater piece, the Pussy Riot-inspired We Are Bandits , a study of protests, parties, and those who interact with both. Even better, the femme-centric company states that "every audience member has a backstage pass" during the live musical Bandits , which "in the spirit of radical democracy . . .. will be free of charge" during its run starting Friday at Asian Arts Initiative on Vine Street.
May 9, 2014 |
HERE'S A TIP for would-be bandits: Don't let Mom watch footage of you committing the crime. She's likely to hand you over to police, as one 14-year-old boy learned the hard way yesterday. Police say the teen, whose name isn't being released because he's a juvenile, was escorted to 19th District headquarters after his mom recognized him terrorizing a Wynnefield beauty-supply store on surveillance-camera footage. "We definitely say kudos to Mom for doing this," said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.
May 8, 2014 |
MOST ROBBERIES follow a common model: Get the goods and get out. But a trio of punks took their heist to the next level early Monday, when they posed as workers for three hours at a Hess gas station in Eastwick - they even gave discounts on candy, cigarettes and lottery tickets to the customers they "served," pocketing the cash from the sales. "I've been doing this for 23 years; this is the first time I recall an incident like this," Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said.
April 20, 2014 |
CURIOUS AS to how the bandits in Thursday's armored-car heist pulled it off so easily? Experience, at least according to a law-enforcement source close to the investigation. The suspects in that robbery, which occurred about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the TD Bank on Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair, are the "same guys" who allegedly ripped off another armored car in October, according to that source. In that earlier heist, three men wearing "Scream" masks made off with $310,000 from a Wells Fargo branch on Frankford Avenue near Rhawn Street, about 2 miles away from Thursday's incident.