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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
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March 26, 1998 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Federal authorities yesterday announced the arrests of five members of a violence-prone gang accused of stealing more than $1 million in coins, jewelry and collectables from suburban and New Jersey antique dealers. The suspects allegedly conducted a four-month rampage last year, robbing five dealers at gunpoint inside their homes or businesses. They also used Mace and handcuffs to subdue their prey before taking the valuables. The gang also planned but later aborted three other heists at a Flourtown jewelry store, a Drexel Hill flea market and a Yardley Hummel dealer, said U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles.
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October 23, 1992 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A teenager who said he was induced into crime by a former Philadelphia police officer - his girlfriend - was convicted yesterday in Common Pleas Court of first-degree murder in the 1991 slaying of a Northern Liberties man during a robbery. Donnell Drinks, 18, testified in his defense that the robbery on Feb. 14, 1991, had been Terri Joell Harper's idea. When plans went awry, Drinks said, Harper fatally stabbed Darryl Huntley, 29, and wounded Huntley's girlfriend. The jury, which found Drinks guilty on all charges, including robbery, burglary and aggravated assault, will deliberate today on whether to sentence him to life in prison or the death penalty.
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January 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.
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January 30, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Rescuers tend to the victim of a car crash yesterday on Belmont Avenue under the Schuylkill Expressway in Lower Merion after the car collided with a suspected bank-robbery getaway vehicle. Two armed men robbed the Roxborough-Manayunk Federal Savings Bank, Ridge and Lyceum avenues. Police chased them and the three were caught at the site.
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March 28, 1990 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Police officers hold Randolph Givens outside a bank at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, where a man grabbed some cash out of a depositor's hand yesterday afternoon and ran away. Police said cops arrested Givens, 30, of Diamond Street near 23rd, at 15th and Chestnut streets, a few minutes after the incident, and charged him with the robbery.
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January 30, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"CAN YOU believe this guy?" That's what Officers Anthony Sherman and Paul Austin said to one another Monday as they watched a punk in a mask walk past them on his way to rob a Dunkin' Donuts in Olney. It was so bizarre that the two Police Department veterans, partners since 2001, initially thought they were witnessing a prank. Until they saw the masked man pull out a handgun, that is. "Our training took over. It all happened so fast," Sherman said yesterday. "Our concern was for our safety and the safety of the other people around us. " The keen-eyed officers - who had just left that Dunkin' Donuts, on Front Street near Godfrey Avenue, after signing its security log per their usual routine - noticed that the robber was lefthanded.
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January 11, 1987 | By Theresa Sullivan Barger, Special to The Inquirer
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Philadelphia man in connection with the armed robbery Dec. 29 of a McDonald's restaurant at 1663 Old York Rd. in Abington. Bernard Fenderson, 26, of the 6100 block of Ogontz Avenue, who was in the Philadelphia Detention Center on unrelated charges, was expected to have been charged Jan. 9 with robbery, theft, conspiracy, terroristic threats and weapons violations in connection with the holdup. Last month, two armed men approached McDonald's employees after the restaurant was closed; one of them ordered the employees to lie on the floor, and the other took an undetermined amount of cash from the rear of the restaurant, police said.
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August 31, 2010
A 27-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the back during a robbery in the city's Olney section, police said. The shooting occurred about 12:45 p.m. in the 5100 block of Arbor Street, police said. The assailant fled on a bicycle. The victim was reported in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
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December 20, 1990 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Upper Darby Township police detectives have spent the last four days piecing together evidence in the armed robbery that shattered the spirit of Christmas when a gun was fired inside a department store full of shoppers Monday. No arrests have been made in the robbery, which occurred just before 10:30 a.m. at the Woolworth's department store at 69th and Chestnut Streets in Upper Darby. A police spokesman said the number of officers on foot patrol in the shopping area had been increased for the remainder of the shopping season.
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February 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COURTROOM rumble erupted yesterday afternoon after an Overbrook man, convicted of murder in a 2013 robbery of a special-needs man for his headphones, cursed at a deputy sheriff. The two got physical, prompting cops to jump in from the gallery to control the chaos. The brawl happened after Arkel Garcia, 21, was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense. After the jury of 10 women and two men was escorted out, Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff proceeded to sentence Garcia, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in the death of Christian Massey, 21, a West Philly native who graduated from Marple Newtown High School.
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February 13, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tariq Mahmud stared in disbelief Wednesday as the jury foreman answered "Guilty" to the charge of second-degree murder for Mahmud's part in the killing of Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay, a man Mahmud had called his friend. "Oh, no," Mahmud said before he put his head down on the defense table and covered his face. After seven days of trial, with 32 witnesses and 105 exhibits, it took a Delaware County Court jury less than two hours to convict Mahmud, Rita Pultro, and David Wiggins for the Sept.
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February 11, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato took seven days, questioned 32 witnesses, and presented 105 exhibits in his prosecution of three defendants accused in the 2013 slaying of a Delaware County Rite Aid store manager. On Monday afternoon, it was time for the three defense attorneys to present evidence and call witnesses. They took about 10 minutes. On Sept. 19, Jason Scott McClay, 40, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery at the Chester Rite Aid. The Navy veteran and Haverford High School graduate wasn't scheduled to work that night.
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February 10, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ROBBERS TARGETED a house in the city's Somerton section early yesterday morning after seeing one of the residents' Instagram postings of his valuable goods, police said. About 2:30 a.m., three armed and masked men kicked in the front door of a home on Brookshire Terrace near Prospect Street and demanded Rolex watches, jewelry and other items that they had seen on a 19-year-old resident's Instagram postings, according to police. Inside the home at the time of the break-in were five male victims, who ranged in age from 17 to 19, police said.
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February 7, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashaniere White was the witness to tie together the case against three defendants charged in the 2013 slaying of Chester Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay. On Thursday, attorneys for the defense took turns attempting to unravel her credibility by painting her as a violent criminal and the mastermind of the operation - and one who might get a deal from Delaware County prosecutors. White, 21, and Christopher Parks, 24, have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy, but have not been sentenced.
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February 6, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashaniere White sat in a Delaware County courtroom Wednesday, reading aloud page after page of text messages sent between her and two of the defendants on trial in the September 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. The exchanges were rich in text abbreviations, jargon, and street lingo, which White translated when asked by prosecutor Christopher DiRosato. "Bread" means money, White said. "Two stacks" is $2,000. "Lick" is a robbery, and "jawn" has many definitions, including job, girl, and robbery, White said.
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February 4, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Surrounded by Delaware County sheriff's deputies, the witness stood handcuffed and shoeless before County Court Judge George Pagano. "I never expected to catch her," Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato said. Lucy Ann Velazquez was picked up by deputies after she ignored a subpoena to appear at the trial of three defendants in connection with the 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. "I didn't want no part of this," wailed Velazquez, who said she was the former sister-in-law of defendant Rita Pultro.
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February 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester. It was just before 10 p.m., and McClay was casually going about his job. Within minutes, however, the video shows McClay staggering and pulling down shelves after a bullet fired into his neck severed his carotid artery. Instead of heading home to catch up with the Eagles game on Sept. 19, 2013, McClay collapsed and died in Aisle 14. On Friday, the Delaware County Court trial of three of the people accused in the killing opened before a jury of eight men and four women and Judge George A. Pagano.
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January 30, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"CAN YOU believe this guy?" That's what Officers Anthony Sherman and Paul Austin said to one another Monday as they watched a punk in a mask walk past them on his way to rob a Dunkin' Donuts in Olney. It was so bizarre that the two Police Department veterans, partners since 2001, initially thought they were witnessing a prank. Until they saw the masked man pull out a handgun, that is. "Our training took over. It all happened so fast," Sherman said yesterday. "Our concern was for our safety and the safety of the other people around us. " The keen-eyed officers - who had just left that Dunkin' Donuts, on Front Street near Godfrey Avenue, after signing its security log per their usual routine - noticed that the robber was lefthanded.
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January 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5907
KEVIN SMITH served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. After he came back home, he didn't expect to see another gun pointed at him. Especially not in a trendy coffee shop in South Philly. Smith, a barista at Ultimo Coffee, on 15th Street near Mifflin, came face to face with an armed robber late Jan. 18. "I heard a noise behind me and turned to look at [the robber] pointing a gun at me, and it took me a second to register what was going on," Smith, 30, told the Daily News yesterday.
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