Police seek teens targeting women for cell-phone robberies in Germantown [video]

Philadelphia Police released video on Tuesday of a Sunday night strong-arm robbery inside a West Chelten Avenue convenience store in the hopes of identifying a trio of suspects.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old woman was talking on her cellphone when one of three teens shoved her into the shelves, forcing her to drop her phone, according to police.

“The suspect then picks up the complainant’s cellphone, and along with the other suspects, fled the store on foot,” according to police reports.

Ten minutes later, the unknown suspects approached a woman near Wissahickon and West Chelten avenues, tried to steal her phone but fled when she started screaming, police said.

The three suspects are described as black males between the ages of 15 and 18, ranging in height from 5-feet 3-inches to 5-feet 11-inches tall.

The male who entered the store was described as thin and clean-shaven with short hair. He was wearing a green hooded Eagles sweatshirt with team logo on the side of the hood, khaki pants and Nike sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information about the case, or suspects, to call Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54 or the tipsline at (215) 686-TIPS, text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or send it in via the department’s website.

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