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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 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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August 29, 2015
A 22-year-old man who was shot by police after allegedly committing an armed robbery and then trying to ambush an officer Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia was identified Thursday by police as Marquis Cantland. Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 60th and Spruce Street. Cantland, who fit the description of the suspect, was seen in the area. Police said Cantland ran when he saw the patrol vehicle. An officer pursued him on foot. The partner still in the patrol vehicle found Cantland at 61st and Walnut Streets allegedly holding a gun and appearing to wait for the officer on foot to turn the corner.
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August 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MARK SANDERS walked into a federal courtroom with a cane and dark shaded sunglasses covering his eyes, guided by a U.S. marshal, who led him to the defense table. Sanders, 23, was blinded when he was shot while robbing another man of a dirt bike. As a result of the shooting, one of Sanders' eyes had to be removed. He lost use of the other eye. "He will walk blind for the rest of his life," defense attorney Rocco Cipparone Jr. told U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez at Sanders' sentencing hearing yesterday.
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August 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY DELIBERATED for about two hours yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a man accused of terrorizing and robbing four people over a two-week period in June 2013, and killing one of them. Three of the robbery victims - including Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, who was killed June 21, 2013 - had responded to Craigslist ads. Defendant Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, testified last week that he had posted a Craigslist ad to sell a blue Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle.
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July 30, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
OVER A two-week period in June 2013, Thomas Coffee and his cohorts "terrorized" and robbed four people and shot the last one dead, a prosecutor told a Common Pleas jury yesterday. Three of the robbery victims were lured by Craigslist ads, including Daniel Cook, 27, who was fatally shot June 21, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea said in his opening statement. Coffee, 25, a tall, thin man, most recently of Willow Grove, is charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy and gun offenses.
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July 30, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Cook was pretty excited about the deal he scored through Craigslist: a bright blue Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle he would get for $1,000 cash and his PlayStation 3 video game console. And so, recalled friend Daniel Fortunato, though they weren't familiar with Philadelphia and weren't sure where they were going, they and Cook's fiancee, Jessica Davis, found their way from Williamstown in South Jersey to East Walnut Lane at Hollis Street in West Oak Lane at 10:30 p.m. on June 21, 2013.
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July 29, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A robbery suspect driving a van led police on a winding chase through South Jersey and Philadelphia for about two hours Monday night before being taken into custody near Philadelphia International Airport. The chase ended at 9:36 p.m. on the Enterprise Avenue exit of southbound I-95, heading toward Island Avenue, when a pursuing Pennsylvania State Police cruiser clipped the white 2000 Dodge, and the van rolled over before coming to a stop. The driver, identified by police as Robert Ritter of New Jersey, then surrendered.
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July 15, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are searching for three men who they say robbed a man in his Academy Gardens home at gunpoint early Tuesday morning, making off with valuables - including an AR-15 rifle. Police said the men entered the house on the 9200 block of Academy Road shortly before 4 a.m. through a side window. One was carrying a gray semi-automatic handgun, police said. They demanded money and property from the home's resident, a 26-year-old man, and left the house with the rifle, a 46-inch TV, an XBox 360 and a cell phone.
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July 12, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors say they would take at least a week before they determine whether to charge a Hatboro councilman who chased and shot a suspected bank robber, but a legal expert says state law might be on the councilman's side. Kevin Steele, the Montgomery County first assistant district attorney, said officials have interviewed George Forgeng, who shot an alleged robber in an arm and hand Tuesday. The victim and other witnesses have provided statements. Now, Steele said, investigators need time to review the case.
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June 12, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
PENNYE JOHNSON hasn't stopped praying since last Thursday. She prays for her son's soul. She prays for answers to the chaotic night that took his life. But most of all, she prays that the man who was with her son that night, the man who she believes coerced her son into committing a robbery, gets dumped into a jail cell. "If they catch him, every day he goes to court, I'll be there," Johnson told the Daily News yesterday. "I need to learn the part he played in having my son killed.
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June 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two cousins charged in the kidnapping and torture of a Jewelers Row shop employee were ordered held without bail Monday. But lawyers for Basil Buie, 26, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, characterized the case against their clients as "thin" and based primarily on testimony from Khayree Gay, 31, a third codefendant with a "motive to lie. " "At this point, we have one source connecting my client to this crime, and it's a complicated source: Mr. Gay," Coley...
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