Caught on Cam: Manayunk Restaurant Burglarized

Men steal money, safe from Couch Tomato Cafe

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    Philadelphia Police asked the public if they recognize these two men who allegedly burglarized the Couch Tomato Cafe in Manayunk.

    A popular Manayunk eatery was burglarized early Monday and two suspects made off with the safe.

    Two men broke into the Couch Tomato Cafe on Rector Street – just off Main Street – a little after 4:15 a.m. Monday, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

    In surveillance video the men are seen “casing” the bistro, walking by a couple times. Police say the same men pulled up in a dark-colored, late-model (possibly Dodge) conversion van several minutes later, walked down an alleyway and entered through the rear door of the business.

    The men then emptied the cash registers and used a cart to steal the safe, according to police.

    Surveillance cameras captured the men rifling through the cafe.

    The men drove off down Main Street around 4:50 a.m. having taken an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Police say the same men were caught on camera just minutes earlier breaking into the Wash and Dry Laundromat at 6182 Ridge Pike but they were scared off after an audible alarm went off.

    Another recent breaking and entering in Manayunk happened just two blocks from Couch Tomato on the 4100 block of Cresson Street early Saturday. Details on that incident weren't released.

    Police posted video of the Couch Tomato burglary online in hopes someone recognizes one of the men.

    Anyone with information should contact Philadelphia Police - Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/54 or submit a tip anonymously by calling 215-686-8477 or texting 773847.

     


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