Armed Robber Targets Gayborhood Sex Shops

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    Police are on the hunt for an armed gunman targeting sex shops in Center City. (Published Thursday, March 27, 2014)

    Police are on the hunt for a man who they say robbed several sex shops in the Gayborhood section of the city.

    On February 27, around 2:30 p.m., the suspect entered the Spruce Street Video Store on the 200 block of South 12th Street.

    Police say the man asked the clerk about the price of the items, left the store and then returned 10 minutes later armed with a handgun and with his face partially covered. The clerk ran to the back of the store and the gunman grabbed the cash register and slammed it on the ground, forcing it open, according to investigators. He then allegedly stole an undetermined amount of money before fleeing in an unknown direction.

    On March 10, around 4:30 p.m., the gunman entered the Scorpio Boutique & Book Store on the 200 block of South Juniper Street. Police say the suspect pointed his gun towards an employee who handed him an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The suspect then fled south on Juniper Street, according to investigators.

    On March 21, around 8:23 p.m., the gunman returned to Scorpio with his face once again partially covered. Police say he pointed his gun towards the clerk and stole money from the cash register as well as the clerk’s laptop from the counter. He then once again fled south on Juniper Street, according to officials.

    Finally, on Monday, shortly before 1 p.m., the gunman entered Danny’s Adult Store on the 100 block of south 13th Street with his face once again partially covered and demanded money from the clerk. Police say the clerk opened the register and placed an unknown amount of cash into a brown paper bag. The suspect then fled the store south on 13th Street.

    Credit: Philadelphia Police

    The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 30 and 35, standing 6-feet and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light tan jacket or a black winter jacket with hooded sweatshirts underneath, dark-colored jeans and dark-colored boots, possibly two-tone.

    If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police.