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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 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Police are asking for help finding the group of male teenagers who attacked another teen on his bicycle near the Schuylkill River Trail. Police recently obtained video of the suspects, described as a group of eight teens. The incident happened on Nov. 1, when the group approached a 17-year-old boy who was at Martin Luther King Dr. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at about 2:45 p.m. and took his bicycle. The 17-year-old followed them on another bike, 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 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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January 30, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are searching for two men who they say shot and killed a 20-year-old man outside a grocery store in Juniata Park Wednesday night. Police said Donald Green, 20, was found bleeding and unresponsive in the doorway of the Edwards Grocery Store on the 4200 block of Neilson Street around 8:13 p.m. Green had been shot twice, and officers rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m. Police said Green and a 19-year-old friend had been approached by two men who tried to rob them.
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January 29, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
Police have arrested two men suspected of gunning down a Port Richmond man early Thanksgiving Day during a street robbery gone awry. David Ramos Jr., 18, of the 5900 block of Torresdale Avenue in Wissinoming, and Keanan Glenn, 21, of Middleton, Del., were charged with murder, robbery and related offenses in the slaying of Ryan Kelly. Police nabbed Ramos on Jan. 16 in East Frankford, and Glenn last Friday in New Castle, Del. Kelly, 21, was walking home from a nearby Wawa early Thanksgiving morning when two gunmen jumped out of a car and shot him as they tried to rob him, police said.
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January 23, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Two Burlington County bank robbers were each sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday for several holdups at South Jersey banks. Shalir Hall, 22, of Edgewater Park, and David Glenn, 24, of Burlington Township, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden. According to court documents, Hall robbed nine banks, and Glenn participated in seven of those robberies. Authorities said nearly $46,000 was stolen. The crimes began Sept. 27, 2013, when Hall entered the Beneficial Savings Bank in Willingboro.
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January 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Police are asking for help finding the group of male teenagers who attacked another teen on his bicycle near the Schuylkill River Trail. Police recently obtained video of the suspects, described as a group of eight teens. The incident happened on Nov. 1, when the group approached a 17-year-old boy who was at Martin Luther King Dr. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at about 2:45 p.m. and took his bicycle. The 17-year-old followed them on another bike, police said.
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January 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Through her victim-impact statement, read in court Wednesday, a woman who worked in a Jewelers Row store told a federal judge how she feared for her life; how she was suffocated, Tasered, and beaten; and how she begged for mercy after she was kidnapped by three masked men. "That day, I was told I was going to die," the woman, now 54, said in her statement, read by her husband in court. She was not in court. Prosecutors are withholding the couple's names. The woman, who worked at National Watch & Diamond Exchange, 101 S. Eighth St., said she would have given her kidnappers the codes to the store's door and safe, as they demanded, but she did not know them.
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January 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Police are searching for two would-be armed robbers who tried to hold up a Strawberry Mansion tattoo parlor, only to engage in a shootout with an employee there. The gunplay left a customer with a leg wound. The men were caught on surveillance camera waiting outside the door of Ink Dynasty, 1932 N. 31st St., one holding a gun, the other peering through the door. Video captured inside shows the men approaching an employee and demanding money, while the employee backs up with his hands in the air. Then, police said, the employee grabbed his own handgun and opened fire on the pair.
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January 16, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man nicknamed "Fats" pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to being part of a city-based group that committed a series of violent home-invasion robberies and the attempted robbery of a Center City jewelry store. Jeffrey Bellamy, 44, one of 16 people charged by federal authorities in April, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg to eight counts, including conspiracy, robbery or attempted robbery, and carjacking. A hefty man who was wearing a forest-green prison jumpsuit and white sneakers, Bellamy was the fourth of the 16 men charged to plead guilty.
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January 16, 2016 | Staff Report
A Philadelphia man faces a stiffer possible penalty after being charged Thursday under federal law with using a gun during a pair of robberies. Samuel Robinson, 29, of Philadelphia, was charged in a five-count federal indictment with robbing two Metro PCS stores in Mayfair and Hunting Park on Oct. 28, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He could be sentenced from 32 years to life in prison if convicted of violating two counts of the Hobbs Act listed against him in an indictment.
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December 22, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
YOU KNOW how it is during the holidays: Everybody's looking for a bargain. A group of armed crooks has taken advantage of some shoppers who were searching for too-good-to-be-true deals on Craigslist by luring them to Northeast Philadelphia, and robbing them at gunpoint. At least seven people have fallen victim to the dangerous scam in the last month, said Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum, of Northeast Detectives. Gunshots were fired by the thieves in one instance, but so far no one has been injured.
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November 29, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Willingboro convenience store worker fatally shot during a robbery Wednesday had come to America several years ago for better opportunities, and was sending money back to his family in Ghana, the store's owner said Friday. Matthew Mwinsori, 32, of Willingboro, was shot around 8:20 p.m. outside the Quick N Go in the 100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Investigators on Friday were still looking for the shooter, who was seen entering the store on surveillance video. Sunny Singh, owner of the store, said Mwinsori had worked there and at a gas station Singh owns for almost a year, and that Mwinsori was closing out when the robbery occurred.
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