Man dressed as woman robs Delphine Gallery in Chestnut HIll

Police are on the look-out for a man who robbed the Delphine Gallery, 8435 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, at 5:15 p.m. Thursday evening. The robber held a store employee at gunpoint and made off with jewelry equalling $50,000.

Officer Christine O’Brien, of the Philadelphia Police’s Office of Media Relations, stated that the store employee described the bandit as an African-American male, 25 to 30 years in age, with a medium build approximately 5 feet 10 inches. He was dressed as a woman, wearing a long navy blue dress and a long shoulder-length braided wig. O’Brien said the gunman’s face had been covered with a white silk mask.

The thief pulled a gray-colored gun on the store employee and forced her to the ground. O’Brien noted that the employee stated that when she tried to speak to the man, he threatened to shoot her.

He is thought to have fled the scene with another male in a light green Ford Explorer.

Though specializing in high end estate jewelry, Delphine Gallery does not have any surveillance cameras on the premises. Police are hoping to be able to use surveillance video from neighboring businesses.

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