Police are searching for two armed robbers who have struck businesses in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.
They’re wanted for at least five crimes in the city alone.
Surveillance video captures them armed with guns, in some cases wearing masks, terrorizing employees at area convenience stores.
“They are using a semi-automatic handgun that is similar in all the robberies, so that is another reason we know these are all connected,” said Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum of Northeast Detectives.
Detectives believe the robberies happened between September 24 and October 11. The criminals have targeted several convenience stores in Northeast Philadelphia and also several in Bucks and Delaware counties.
“Detectives, we communicate across the lines. You might have a road that divides us, but we all communicate. After looking at some of the video, we all reached out to each other and said ‘I think we have the same person, two persons doing these robberies,'” Rosenbaum
A spate of robberies and break-ins targeting elderly couples has caused alarm in the Wembley and Clarendon suburbs.
Police have been placed on high alert and advised residents in those areas to increase their security and to be vigilant.
In the first incident, two pensioners were assaulted and tied up in their home for two hours while two balaclava clad men ransacked their home in a secure complex on Taunton Road. In the other incident, the home, also belonging to pensioners, was accessed via Wylie Park and then through cutting a hole in the property fence.
In the Taunton road case, the 72 -year-old nursing assistant and her 73- year -old retired financial broker partner, told the Maritzburg Sun that two armed men wearing balaclavas entered their home at around 6pm on Thursday (September 14 ). The couple did not want to be named for fear of victimisation.
Police have charged six teenagers following a series of violent aggravated burglaries across Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs.
Altona North Divisional Response Unit members arrested the six males following the spate of aggravated burglaries in St Albans, Caroline Springs, Greensborough and Truganina between 1.20am and 4am on Friday morning.