Philadelphia police have arrested two men accused of robbing more than a dozen businesses in the city’s Wyoming Avenue area.
Acia Moore, 20, was arrested on December 6 and charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy and other related offences.
Omar White-Davis, 28, was arrested on December 9 and charged with robbery, uniform firearms violation and other related offenses.
Police say Moore and White-Davis were both involved in at least 13 armed robberies at several businesses in the area, including a food and snack market on 4500 North D Street, another business on the 2000 block of East Tioga Street and another on 2000 East Pacific Street.
Both men lived in the same area where the robbery took place, police said.
“We had a feeling that he was from the neighborhood and the way he was targeting all the shops was very close together,” said Giselle Poveda, owner of Cafe Tinto, one of the businesses targeted. pepper, told NBC10.
Police said they were able to catch both suspects thanks to the community and extensive surveillance footage.
Poveda told NBC10 that Wyoming Avenue business owners are now working together to prevent future crime.
“We created a group chat on WhatsApp so we could connect and get to know each other and have a relationship with each other,” Poveda said.
Police are urging other business owners in the neighborhood to speak up if they are victims of crime.
“If these incidents weren’t reported, we wouldn’t have been able to get that presence out when we found out,” Philadelphia Police Chief Javier Rodriguez said. “Your condition doesn’t matter. If you are the victim of a crime, you need to report it to us.”
Police said a third suspect may also have been involved in the robberies, but that person has yet to be identified.
If you have any information about robberies or suspects, please call Philadelphia Police.
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