Police investigate three ‘point of pepper spray’ robberies near Germantown Ave. bank

Philadelphia Police released surveillance video Monday of three “point of pepper spray” robberies of victims who were accosted on their way to or from the Wells Fargo bank branch in the 5400 block of Germantown Ave.

The robberies occurred on March 15, 16 and 20. According to police, “the victims were approached from behind by an unknown male who sprayed them with pepper spray and took their money.”

The suspect is described as a thin, 6-foot tall black male between the ages of 35 and 45, wearing a different outfit each time.

He fled in a white-over-gray Chevy Avalanche on March 15, a black Chevy Suburban on March 16 and ran away from the scene on March 20, investigators said.

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The video shows the robber running through the parking lot, and that there is a getaway driver involved.

Police ask anyone with information about these robberies to call 911, the Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353, the tipsline at (215) 686-8477 or to submit an anonymous tip online.

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