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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 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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September 17, 1987 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Oxford Circle boy has been charged with the Tuesday morning armed robbery of the Wawa Food Market at Byberry Road and Philmont Avenue. The boy, whose name is being withheld by police, was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen goods, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, violation of the uniform firearms act and possession of an instrument of a crime. The suspect was being detained at the Youth Study Center for a hearing scheduled today in juvenile court, 1801 Vine Street.
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November 20, 1986 | By Laurie T. Conrad, Special to the Inquirer
Springfield police have arrested a Philadelphia man and charged him with the Sept. 17 robbery of a 7-Eleven store in the Wyndmoor Shopping Center. The suspect, Bernard Card, 20, of the 8500 block of Provident Road, was being held at the Philadelphia Detention Center after he did not make $25,000 bail. He also was being held on unrelated charges stemming from another robbery, which took place in Philadelphia. Card was arrested Nov. 12 and arraigned later that day in District Court.
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December 13, 2014
A 13-year-old boy suffered a graze wound from a bullet fired into a house during an attempted robbery Thursday evening in the city's Wissinoming section, police said. About 7:50 p.m. in the 4000 block of Creston Street, a 34-year-old man was on the steps of his residence when two males attempted to rob him, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man fled into the house, and one of the males fired at least three shots through the doorway, including one through the door that had been slammed shut, Small said.
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December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A 21-YEAR-OLD Drexel University student told police that a stranger broke into her West Philadelphia apartment on Wednesday morning and raped her while threatening her with a meat cleaver from her kitchen. The woman reported that she heard a noise at 4:15 a.m. and got up to investigate, according to a Special Victims Unit bulletin posted by police yesterday. She encountered the man in the living room of her home on Spring Garden Street near 34th, police said. The man sexually assaulted her and then fled.
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November 20, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man suspected of robbing a Hatboro bank three times over the course of nearly two years has been arrested, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday. Clark Leary, 54, of Horsham, was charged with robbery, theft, recklessly endangering others, and other offenses. Leary is accused of stealing a total of $12,154 from the TD Bank on York Road during robberies in January 2013, this July, and last month. He allegedly appeared to be armed and wore a different disguise - but the same pair of white sneakers - in each incident.
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November 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Wednesday were searching for a female serial robber - and the man they believe has been coaching her to target businesses across the city since early October. The robberies have been spread out across Philadelphia, in Center City, Point Breeze, and Kingsessing, police said. Typically, the woman entered a store with a knife - sometimes a handgun - and demanded money. In several of the holdups, she also wore a mask, they said. In one case, inside a bar in Point Breeze, she had a male accomplice, police said.
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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for three men who, they say, forced two other men at gunpoint to disrobe in a dark alley in Logan before robbing them of thousands of dollars and stealing their car Thursday night. Police say the two victims, 22 and 25, were getting into the 22-year-old's car around 10:15 p.m. at 18th and West Albanus Streets when a man emerged from a side street and pointed a handgun at the 22-year-old's head. Then, police said, another two men ran out of a driveway and pointed guns at the 25-year-old.
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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for three men who they say forced two other men at gunpoint to disrobe in a dark alley in Logan before robbing them of thousands of dollars and stealing their car Thursday night. Police say the two victims, 22 and 25, were getting into the 22-year-old's car around 10:15 p.m. at 18th and Albanus Streets when a man emerged from a side street and pointed a handgun at the 22-year-old's head. Then, police said, two more men ran out of a driveway and pointed guns at the 25-year-old.
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October 29, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A POLICE OFFICER shot one of two suspects in the armed robbery of a Clifton Heights pharmacy Tuesday night, and as cops searched for the man's partner yesterday, they discovered that the duo had four guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a dozen wrist zip ties and a bulletproof vest, police said. "These guys were ready for war," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. About 7:45 p.m., two armed men held up the Westbrook Pharmacy, on Baltimore Avenue near Church Street, and got away with about $30, police said.
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October 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three men have been arrested in a string of armed robberies that have targeted Northeast Philadelphia businesses since August, Philadelphia police said Monday. Patrick Rowe was charged with 11 counts of robbery and related offenses. Jian Chen was charged with conspiracy and other crimes, police said. A third man, Corey Lockhart, was charged with a weapons violation after police recovered a silver .45-caliber handgun from him that they say they believe was used in the robberies. About $9,000 was taken in the 14 robberies that police initially identified as part of the spree.
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September 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Career criminal Kevin Green last week got a prison sentence that should keep him behind bars the rest of his life. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich on Friday gave the 57-year-old a sentence of 55 to 110 years for a violent North Philadelphia home invasion last year that briefly netted Green and an accomplice $7,713. Green was convicted on July 10 of terrorizing Jose Torres, his wife, Elizabeth Varela, and her autistic son, Joshua, 12, in their home on the 3500 block of North Fifth Street.
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September 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police announced on Tuesday they are looking for a Cumberland County woman they say was the getaway driver for the Aug. 17 attempted robbery of the Florence Town Liquor Store on Route 130. Rachel Lavalle, 24, of Millville is accused of driving a red Honda Odyssey after two others fled the store with nothing, even after one of them fired a gun in the direction of the cashier, said Florence Capt. Brian Boldizar. "We believe it was an attempt to scare," Boldizar said of the shot fired.
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