Arrest Made in Center City Smash & Grab Robberies

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    Surveillance video has captured a series of smash & grab robberies at several locations in Center City over the past three months. (Published Thursday, Dec 12, 2013)

    Philadelphia Police arrested a man who they say was responsible for a series of smash-and-grab burglaries at restaurants and convenience stores across Center City Philadelphia over the past three months.

    Keith McClary, 56, was arrested ahd charged with burglary and other related offenses.

    Police say McClary was captured on surveillance video throwing a brick through either a glass front or side door at four locations in different parts of Center City.

    McClary allegedly robbed the Palm Tree Gourmet convenience store back on Dec. 1 around 2:45 a.m.  at 1940 Pine Street in the Rittenhouse Square section of the city. Police say McClary threw a brick through the front door and went for the cash register. Police say he got away with $200.

    At 4:10 a.m. on Dec. 9, McClary allegedly broke into Gavin's Cafe at 25th and Pine Streets. In this case, police say he threw a brick through a side glass door and made off with $190 from a cash register.

    That same morning, three other restaurants in the area -- Resurrection Ale House, Honey's Sit & Eat and Dmitri's -- were burglarized by a man who threw either a brick or planter through glass front doors, police said. Only at one of the spots, Dmitri's, was he able to swipe cash. According to a police source, McClary admitted to burglarizing Honey's Sit & Eat. They did not say whether he was responsible for the Resurrection Ale House or Dmitri's burglaries however.

    Finally, police say McClary robbed Omega Pizza,  located at 22nd and South Streets, back on Dec. 8. Investigators say he thew a brick through a window instead of the door during that incident.

    Police also say McClary may be responsible for a robbery at the Pac-a-Deli convenience store at 12th and Walnut Streets in the Gayborhood around 4 a.m. on Oct. 2. This has not yet been confirmed however.


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.