A brazen, rock-wielding burglar smashed his way into seven Northeast Philadelphia businesses in about a week, and police are asking the public's help to track the man down.
In the first burglary, overnight Nov. 21 into Nov. 22, surveillance video released by police shows the suspect throwing a heavy object -- which police said they believe may be a rock or brick -- through the glass door of Little Caesar's Pizza on Red Lion Road near Academy, in Modena Park. Police said once inside, the man took an unknown amount of cash.
A few days later, the bandit struck again, police said, this time overnight Nov. 24 at the Suburban Pharmacy, on Bustleton Avenue near Kelvin. In that incident, police said the man used a brick to smash through the glass front door and steal lottery tickets.
Three days after that, police said the suspect smashed through the glass at Beijing Restaurant, located on the same block as the Little Caesar's he hit a few days before. Over the next two days -- Nov. 28 through Nov. 29 -- police said the suspect, using the same method, burglarized a BP gas station on Frankford Avenue near Knights Road, in Morrell Park, and then broke into the Craft Beer Outlet, a dry cleaner and a Super Cuts on the same block.
At the beer outlet, police said, the man stole cigarettes and cash. He did not take anything from the dry cleaner or Super Cuts, police said.
Clear surveillance video from several of the burglaries shows the man. Police are asking that anyone who recognizes him to call Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153 or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).