While police have not confirmed the incidents are linked, a pair of men robbed two area pizza shops employees of their belongings and vehicles on consecutive nights on the same Grays Ferry block during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
At 9:35 p.m. Saturday, a 35-year-old deliveryman from South Side Pizza (Police could not confirm whether it was the 917 S. 20th St. or 740 Mifflin St. location) double-parked his 1995 gold Toyota Corolla DX on the 2500 block of Manton Street and dialed the patron’s phone number, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The man who answered asked him to come to the steps.
As the employee retrieved the pizza from the car, a man pointed a silver revolver with a long barrel at him and said, “Give me the money. Give me everything,” Tolliver said. As the gunman rummaged through his pockets taking $100, a cell phone and his wallet that contained his ID and a bank card, he said, “Come on, man. Come on” repeatedly while another man jumped in the driver’s seat of the auto and turned on the ignition.
The gunman demanded the victim stay still as the pair fled in his car, traveling east on Manton and north on 25th Street, Tolliver said.
The gunman was described as black with a dark complexion, age 27, 6 foot, thin and wearing a black jacket and light blue jeans. His accomplice was described as black, 5-foot-6; having a medium build; and wearing a gray hoody.
The next night at 9 p.m. a 32-year-old deliverywoman from Jackson Village Pizza, 2151 S. 22nd St., saw two men standing by a dumpster as she parked on the street, Tolliver said. She exited her 1997 Honda Civic coupe and knocked on the delivery address’ door with no luck. When she returned to her car, one of the men pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her and said, Give me the money” before swiping $230 from her pocket. He then demanded her car keys and shoved her. The armed man passed the keys to another man, who hopped in the driver’s seat, and continued to point the gun at her until he entered the passenger’s side. The duo fled east on Manton and north on 25th.
The gunman was described as black with a medium complexion, age 24, 5-foot-8, thin, clean shaven; having short, black hair; and wearing a dark-colored long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. The accomplice was described as black with a medium complexion, age 27, 6 foot; having a medium build and chubby cheeks; and wearing a tan hoody with its hood covering his face.
To report information, call South Detectives’ tip line at 215-685-1635 or visit www.phillypolice.com/forms.
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