Philadelphia Police on Friday announced that an arrest warrant was issued in connection with the Dec. 1 armed robbery at the Anna’s Linens location in Germantown’s Chelten Plaza shopping center.
On Monday, a department spokeswoman said that police were still looking for Tony Robinson, 39, of the 4900 block of Warnock St. in connection with the robbery.
Surveillance cameras recorded the robber entering the store wearing a leather Philadelphia Eagles jacket and, after purchasing chair pads, “displayed a black semi-automatic handgun in his waistband and demanded the employee give him the money from the cash register,” according to police.
He then ran off with an unspecified amount of cash, and the chair pads he’d purchased. It was the second armed robbery in the shopping center in three months.
Court records reveal a rather lengthy legal history for Robinson.
He pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property in 1990; burglary, criminal conspiracy and riot in 1991 and theft by receiving stolen property in 2000. He received sentences of more than a year in each case.
In the most recent entry, Robinson did not dispute retail theft charges filed against him in Community Court in 2009, but no punishment was listed on court records.
Anyone with information about Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54 or the tipsline at (215) 686-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be texted to PPD TIP (773847) or submitted via the department’s website.