Police release video of armed robbery at Northwest Philly water-ice stand

Philadelphia Police investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify two unknown men who robbed a Rita’s Water Ice stand at 1653 Belfield Ave. last week.

According to police, employees were closing the shop around 10 p.m. on Aug. 29 when a worker who was approached by the pair noticed a silver handgun. The men ran followed.

“Once inside, one of the suspects forced both employees onto the floor while the second suspect took an undetermined amount of cash from the cash register drawer,” according to a police press release issued Wednesday. “Both suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction.”

Suspect descriptions

The armed suspect is described as a 5-foot 8-inch tall black male with a medium build and dark complexion in his late teens or early twenties. He was wearing a dark-blue hooded sweatshirt with a New York Yankees logo on sleeve, black basketball shorts and white Air Jordans.

The other man, who was roughly the same age and build, wore a white and black horizontal-striped hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and black sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54, the tips line at (215) 686-8477, text a tip to 773847 (PPDTIP) or submit it via the department’s website.

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