Philadelphia Police are searching for an Olney man who is believed to be behind two recent robberies at two different GameStop locations in the city.
According to police, Maurice Connelly entered the video game chain at 5301 Chew Ave. just before noon on June 24 with a handgun. Connelly then demanded that money from the store’s safe and cash register be placed in a back pack.
Police said Connelly then fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, Xbox game system, Xbox game, employee cell phones and the store’s keys.
The following day, Connellly allegedly struck at another GameStop in North Philadelphia.
On June 25, Connelly entered the store at 2900 N. Broad St. at 11:30 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money from a safe. He then duct-taped employees and forced them into the rear of the business before fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, a PlayStation 3 game system and several video games, according to police.
During the incident, the employees managed to lock themselves in a back room and call 911.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Connelly.
The Citizens Crime Commission and GameStop are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
Connelly, of the 5900 block of North 21st Street, is described as a stocky built black male in his late twenties standing between 5’8 and 5’10.
In both robberies, he wore dark clothing, including shirts, pants, a baseball cap and a black and gray back pack.
Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS (8477).