Police are searching for a man who they believe attempted to commit three robberies in the same morning last week along Island Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
The alleged robberies took place Sept. 23 over a period of one hour and 45 minutes.
At 5:10 a.m., an unknown man approached an employee of the Sunoco station in the parking lot at 2500 Island Avenue. The man told the employee he had a gun and demanded money. The employee fled into the store. The suspect initially followed the employee but later fled on foot before taking any money.
At 6:45 the same morning, police believe that the same man entered the Burger King restaurant at 3000 Island Avenue. The man allegedly told the cashier that he had a gun and demanded money. The cashier stated that he did not believe the man was armed and refused to give him any money. The suspect fled on foot.
Ten minutes later, police say the man entered the McDonald's at 2900 Island Avenue, pointed a "simulated weapon" at one of the employees and demanded money. The employee refused to open the register and the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-20s, standing 5 feet, 8 inches high and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He is seen in surveillance video wearing long blue jean shorts, a black jacket, and a black baseball hat with a red Chevrolet logo on the front.
Police are asking anyone with information about these crimes or the suspect to contact the Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183.