Police seek public’s help in NW Philly bank robbery and credit-card fraud cases

The Philadelphia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects connected to crimes occurring in Roxborough, Manayunk, and beyond.

In the first instance, an unknown male entered the TD Bank at 5501 Ridge Ave. on Feb. 14 at 10:25 a.m., and presented the teller with a demand note which police described as “threatening.” After an unsuccessful attempt at obtaining money, the suspect fled on foot south on Ridge Avenue.

The suspect is described as a 5’10” black male with a medium build and goatee, 20 to 30 years of age, wearing a dark knit cap, glasses, a black coat, and black gloves at the time of the robbery. 

Anyone with information in regard to this robbery is asked to contact the FBI/PPD Violent Crimes Task Force at 215-418-4000 in regard to case number MC #13-0013.

While tipsters can remain anonymous, police indicate that there may be a reward for information leading to this person’s capture.

Credit card fraud 

In the second instance, police are looking for a man and woman who are wanted in connection to a Society Hill fraud and may live within the 5th Police District, which patrols Roxborough and Manayunk.

Between Feb. 6, 2013, and Feb. 8, 2013, a victim, who was unidentified by police, observed that numerous unauthorized purchases totaling $1,000 were made against her charge card.

The victim then realized she was a victim of “skimming” due to the fact that the compromised account card was still in her possession. After an investigation by police, two unknown individuals were captured on surveillance video making purchases against the complainant’s account on Feb. 6 at a Game Stop located at 505 South Street. 

The first suspect is described as a stocky black male with dark complexion, 40 to 50 years-of-age, wearing at the time of the incident a gray knit ski cap, red style polo shirt, dark pants, and a dark-colored “varsity” style jacket with leather-like sleeves, bearing white letters that say “R W D C” on the back with an “R” on the left front.

The second suspect is described as a thin, black female with medium brown complexion, 20 years of age, who wore a dark-colored 3/4 length coat, light colored pants and tan calf-length boots.

Anyone with information about the fraud or these suspects is asked to call 911, the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353, or the PPD’s tips line at 215-686-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be texted to PPD TIP (773847) or submitted via the department’s website, www.phillypolice.com.

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