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Caught on Tape: Man Goes From Friendly to Thief

Alleged robber strike same store twice, another store once: Cops

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    Police release surveillance video of a suspect in a series of robberies at 7-Eleven stores in Northeast Philadelphia. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011)

    The same man allegedly held up two separate Northeast Philly7-Eleven stores just hours apart -- even taking one store twice in the same day.

    And it was all caught on tape.

    The incidents happened back on Jan. 23. The man first allegedly robbed the register at the 7-Eleven at 5231 Harbison Ave. and then about an hour later robbed the clerk at the store at 9001 Frankford Ave.

    Surveillance footage from the Harbison Avenue incident shows the robber buying something small and making small talk -- likely giving him the opportunity to reach over the counter while the clerk was making change.

    Then suddenly the rather tall man appeared to violently reach over the counter and grab for the cash drawer.

    “He grabbed the register and he fight with me too,” said the clerk at the Harbison store.

    Despite hurting his hand the clerk said luckily he wasn't hurt worse.

    About an hour later the alleged cash-grabbing thief used the same tactic at the Frankford Avenue store, according to Philadelphia Police. Surveillance video from that incident shows the robber smiling and making small talk before seemingly using the same trick to get to the cash again.

    He would later allegedly strike the Harbison store again.

    Cops are now hoping the public can help identify the man seen on tape before he strikes again.

    He is described as a white male in his 30s, about 6-foot-2, 210 to 240 pounds wearing a black puffy coat and a black beanie hat or Mets baseball cap. If you have any information contact the Philly Police either online or by calling 215.686.8477.