Police: Armed-robbery crew wreaks early morning crime spree on East Germantown

Philadelphia Police are searching for at least seven men suspected in three armed robberies which occurred the East Germantown neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

According to police, three men wearing dark-colored hoodies robbed a woman at the corner of Chew and E. Chelten avenues at 5:20 a.m.

One suspect, described as a 5-foot-8 black male with dreadlocks wearing a bluish-gray hoodie, was armed with a handgun, which he allegedly pointed at the victim. The suspects got away with a cell phone, wallet and keys.

The second robbery occurred less than 10 minutes later at the same intersection. A woman reported that she was approached by two black males wearing dark-colored hoodies. At least one of them was armed. They got away with a white iPhone. (One of the robberies at that corner was captured by surveillance cameras, according to a Fox29 report.)

The third robbery occurred near the 6000 block of Wister St. at 5:42 a.m. Police said a male was approached by seven black males wearing hoodies. Again, a handgun was pointed at the victim. They got away with approximately $450 worth of property including an iPod, iPhone and wallet.

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. They ask anyone with information about the robberies to call the tipsline at 215-686-8477 (TIPS).

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