NBC10 Philadelphia - Doug Shimell
Police say 20-year-old Maurice Connelly is the gunman who was nicknamed the "Polo Bandit" after three armed robberies. Connelly allegedly robbed two different Game Stop stores and a Dunkin Donuts. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.
More than two months after Philadelphia Police identified a man who they say was caught on camera robbing Game Stop stores while wearing Polo, the so-called "Polo Bandit" remained on the loose.
On Wednesday police announced that a $1,000 reward from the Citizens Crime Commission and the Game Stop Corporation remained on the table for the capture and conviction of Maurice Connelly.
Days after the robberies, police identified the suspect as Connelly of the 5900 block of N 21st Street. Since then the 20-year-old has been on the lam.
After NBC10 first aired the story on the thefts, police say the mother and girlfriend of Connelly identified him as the suspect.
"They were cooperative," said police Lt. George McClay. "They said they saw him in the video right away and as soon as he saw himself he packed his bag and left."
Connelly is suspected of using a gun while robbing the Dunkin Donuts at 5301 Chew Avenue on June 22. Police say he also was armed when he allegedly robbed Game stop stores on June 24 and 25 in East Germantown and Glenwood.
Back in June investigators said they searched two homes in the area where Connelly allegedly lived where they found numerous articles of Polo clothing as well as stolen video game items.
"Right now he's considered armed and dangerous," said McClay. "The FBI as well as U.S. Marshals are actively involved and we are still currently serving warrants."
Connelly is described as a stocky black male standing between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a beard.
If you have any information on this suspect and crime, please call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3352.