Philadelphia Police on the lookout for an alleged shoplifting, purse-snatching car thief

If you were trying to compile what a domino-effect court docket might look like, a press release issued by Philadelphia Police on Wednesday would be a good place to start.

It started at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 when the unknown antagonist entered a CVS pharmacy on the 1600 block of Wadsworth Ave. in the city’s Stenton neighborhood.

There, surveillance cameras captured him allegedly “selecting multiple items and leaving the store without paying.”

Police said he was just getting started.

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“While running from the store, the suspect ripped a purse away from another complainant,” the release stated. “He then entered a stolen Ford Explorer and fled the scene.”

That wasn’t all

Shortly thereafter, responding police officers laid eyes on the car and attempted to stop it.

“The vehicle fled the area at a high rate-of-speed and was lost in the area. It was located a short time later after being involved in a crash,” stated a release that didn’t note exactly where the crash occurred. “The suspect was seen fleeing the scene of the accident on foot.”

And that’s the last they’ve seen of the suspect who is described as a thin, 6-foot-1 black male in his twenties wearing dark sunglasses, a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Police ask anyone with information, or who sees the suspect, to call 911, the tipsline at (215) 686-8477 or Northwest Detectives at (215) 686-3353.

Tips can also be submitted by texting PPD TIP (773847) or via the department’s website.

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