March 15, 2002 |
The idea of "honor among thieves" may have become somewhat of a cliche in the movies since the days Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson doubled-crossed their own, but there's little familiar or commonplace in the merits of two new video releases this week that take a rigorous look at "the heist" and the men and women who pull them. In the running for an Academy Award next week, Ben Kingsley gives a riveting portrayal of malevolence in the British thriller "Sexy Beast" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $29.99)
November 21, 1992 |
A North Philadelphia man surrendered yesterday for a bank robbery in Abington Township on Wednesday during which a teller was shot and wounded, Abington police said. Malcolm Darryl Keyes, 22, of Myrtlewood Street near Oakdale, was one of two suspects being sought for robbing the Mellon/PSFS branch in the Benjamin Fox Pavilion in Abington Township, police said. He was charged with robbery and related charges and was being held on $50,000 bail. A teller, who was wounded in the leg during the robbery, was in stable condition last night at Abington Memorial Hospital, but her identity was being withheld.
March 13, 1990 |
The man who pulled the daring daylight heist of an armored car in North Philadelphia yesterday caused scores of welfare and food-stamp recipients a long, anxious wait for service. Women, many with children in tow, and some men grumbled about the inconvenience, but most stayed on, saying they couldn't leave without their welfare checks and the stamps necessary to feed their families. Finally, another truck arrived with the stamps and cash, and the agency reopened. The gunman pulled the $119,000 robbery just before 9 a.m. as a Federal Armored Express truck was delivering boxes of food stamps at a loading dock on Park Avenue at the rear of the Financial Exchange Co. at 1601 N. Broad St. Police said a guard entered the firm, just across from Progress Plaza, and delivered six boxes of food stamps.
June 26, 1999 |
The exterminating company owner was shooting pool in a Southwest Philadelphia hall last year when two thugs came in and unleashed their terror on him. Grant Powell testified that he was shooting pool at 1:30 a.m. at 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue on May 22, 1998, when Stephen Agee, 23, and Justin Hall, 17, both of South Philadelphia, held him up at gunpoint while about 25 shocked people looked on. They stole two rings from the victim's fingers,...
January 30, 1997 |
The FBI charged three people with bank robbery yesterday after an improbable series of events followed a midafternoon holdup of a Roxborough bank. It all began about 2:40 p.m., when an off-duty police officer spotted two robbers running from the Roxborough-Manayunk Federal Savings Bank on Ridge and Lyceum Avenues. The men made it to their getaway car, but one of them accidentally shot himself in the leg getting into it. A woman was behind the wheel. The officer, meanwhile, flagged down a patrol car that happened to be passing by and relayed details of the robbery.
January 7, 1989 |
Head teller Stephanie Morrell's Halloween trick on her bank in 1986 turned out to be only a short-term treat for herself and her friends. Morrell, 22 and four months pregnant, yesterday was sentenced to a five- year prison term by a federal judge in Philadelphia for planning a Halloween heist that netted her and her friends $144,500. Morrell, who admitted planning the job, and her friends later told authorities they spent most of the money "on drugs and partying," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber.
May 17, 2010 |
A Philadelphia man who worked as an elementary-school custodian has been convicted of charges stemming from a 2008 bank robbery in Easttown Township. After deliberating about 3 1/2 hours, a Chester County jury on Friday night found Marcellus Oliphant, 41, guilty of robbery, conspiracy and related offenses for a heist at the Devon branch of Wachovia Bank on Feb. 1, 2008. Oliphant's co-defendants, George Carter IV, 25, and Luther Chapman, 25, both of Philadelphia, testified against him. They are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty.
April 9, 1991 |
Burglars sneaked into the posh Bailey Banks & Biddle jewelry store at 16th and Chestnuts streets over the weekend in an operation so slick that they bagged an estimated $1 million worth of jewels without setting off one alarm. The caper, police said, was so smooth that no one knew of the heist until yesterday morning, though it might have been pulled off as early as Saturday evening. "It was very professional," said Police Capt. John Hanejko, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division, which is in charge of the investigation.
May 10, 1994 |
Gunmen brandishing semiautomatic weapons robbed an armored truck of an undetermined amount of money yesterday in East Falls and then escaped in a stolen van after peppering the truck's engine with gunfire. One wild shot pierced a second-floor classroom window at nearby Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. No one was injured in the 11:30 a.m. heist outside the college, but the stray shot went into Hayward Hall, hit the ceiling and startled students in the classroom, authorities said.
August 25, 1990 |
An armored car guard was robbed at gunpoint of $28,000 in cash and $1.33 million in tuition and other kinds of checks as he left the financial building of the University of Pennsylvania yesterday, police and school officials said. Four men in their 20s were seen fleeing the robbery in a stolen van, according to police and the FBI. The van was later recovered at 42d Street and Mantua Avenue. Police and the FBI were investigating whether the heist was related to a half-dozen armored-car holdups in the area since April.