Police release video of early morning East Germantown armed-robbery crew

Philadelphia Police have released footage from the first of three armed robberies which occurred in East Germantown early Wednesday morning.

At 5:15 a.m., the victim was standing at the corner of Chew and E. Chelten avenues when “three suspects approached the complainant and demanded their belongings at gunpoint. The suspects took several items and fled from the scene northbound on Chew Avenue.”

Less than 10 minutes later, another woman was robbed at gunpoint by two men at the same intersection.

Shortly thereafter, a man reported he was robbed by seven assailants less than a half mile away in the 6000 block of Wister St.

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Police think the cases are connected, with a department spokeswoman noting that it could be the work of one crew which spread out to different areas.

The suspects in the robbery caught on video are described as three 5-foot-9 black males from their late teens to mid-twenties.

The oldest, who was armed with a gray handgun, was wearing a black fitted hat, dark colored vest and camouflage pants.

Police ask anyone who sees the suspects to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54, the tipsline at (215) 686-8477 (TIPS), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or submit a tip anonymously online.

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