Philadelphia Police were called to Primo Hoagies on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough this morning to follow up on a report of a triggered security alarm.
When officers arrived at the shop around 8:30 a.m., Ray Belikoff, who was eating at Bob’s Diner across the street at the time, felt that he had some explaining to do.
He told NewsWorks that he immediately walked across the street and explained to the officers that he likely triggered the alarm when he walked in to pick up a lunch menu this morning.
“I went across the street to see when the hoagie shop would open up. I expected them to be closed but I thought I’d see their hours and then I saw a sign on the door said ‘open,’ so I walked in,” Belikoff said.
“The place was dark but [I thought] maybe the owner just opened up the place early and went to the bathroom or something,” Belikoff said.
Belikoff said he waited for the owner to return so he could tell him or her that all he wanted was a menu. Soon after, he said, he heard a beep followed by a buzzer and, still without any sight of an owner, thought, “this is wrong; whatever it is, I don’t want to be a suspect.”
He said he folded up the menu and walked out of the shop.
“Maybe I should have put the menu back, I don’t know,” he joked.
Police let Belikoff off the hook after he explained his story and showed valid identification.
Later this morning, the Primo Hoagies manager told NewsWorks that he thinks the people who delivered the bread this morning left the door unlocked after they delivered their supply to the Roxborough location.
Nothing was reported stolen from the hoagie shop and Belikoff and his friend Dave Quain got a few good laughs out of the ordeal.