Cops Looking for Man in Failed Northeast Philly Robbery

The Philadelphia police are on the lookout for a man who attempted to rob the 7-Eleven at Welsh Road and Old Bustleton Ave.

On September 7th, an man armed with a handgun came into the 7-Eleven and demanded money from an employee. The employee said there wasn’t any money in the store, and so the robber demanded lottery tickets instead. The employee said no. And then the dude just left in a dark-colored sedan driven by an unknown accomplice. Yes, thankfully this was quite an incompetent attempted robbery.

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Long-Shuttered Department Store Will Finally Reopen

Castor and Cottman

Photo (and gallery below) by the author.

In 2003, the JCPenney on the corner of Castor and Cottman in Northeast Philadelphia shut its doors. I was in seventh grade at the time and, suffice to say, didn’t really think much beyond Wonder what they’ll put there next … oh my god, I hope it’s, like, a restaurant or something. What ended up going there was … nothing.

Wait, what?

Naïve? Yeah, probably. But up until that point whatever vacant buildings were in the area had been there for so long that they were just part of the streetscape. The norm. This closing was something else. Because here’s what happened: the neighborhood felt more dead than usual.

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Northeast Philly 7-Eleven Robbed, Clerk Pistol Whipped

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

A clerk at a 7-Eleven in lower Northeast Philly was pistol whipped during a robbery, police said. The clerk was treated at Temple University hospital and released after getting stitches.

Two robbers entered the store, at Bridge and Large streets, at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. After they demanded money from the clerk, who was cooperating with the thieves, one of the robbers pistol whipped him.

The two took an undisclosed amount of money from the store and fled on foot.

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Northeast Philly Wawa Robbed Again by Man with Knife


This morning, a Far Northeast Philadelphia Wawa was robbed for the second time in less than a month by a man with a knife. Police say the man who robbed the Wawa at Knights Rd. and Clarendon Ave. got away with an unidentified amount of cash.

The same Wawa, which is across the street from Far Northeast Philly’s tony Crestmont Farms section, was robbed on July 14th by a man wielding a knife. Police later charged Mark J. Beaver with that crime. In that crime, cops say Beaver handed the clerk a $1 bill, then brandished a knife after the register opened. He reached into the register and escaped with cash.

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Another Man Wearing Muslim Garb Tries to Rob a Bank in the Northeast


Philadelphia police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a bank while wearing female muslim garb earlier this week. Police say the robber, who had a threatening note, did not get away with any money from the Wells Fargo Bank at Castor and Magee avenues.

Does this sound familiar? Two years ago, a man pulled the same robbery not too far away at at Adams and Tabor in the Northeast.

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City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

frankford home fire 2013

4712 Worth Street (center)
Photo credit: Google Street View.

It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of neighborhood meeting complaints and 311 calls to the city, the boarded up charred remains of this Frankford home are finally being removed. And at a heavier penny than usual, too.

John Loftus of the Northeast Times reports that after 4712 Worth Street burned down last July, the city stamped it with the ever ubiquitous “imminently dangerous” label and barred its entry. (Although a neighbor says possums and raccoons still managed to settle in.)

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Northeast Philly Native Helped Rescue Man After Calif. Shark Attack

A Northeast Philadelphia native was one of the rescuers of a man bit by a shark in California. A lifeguard for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Nick Macko was about 10 blocks away when he heard about a swimmer in trouble over his radio.

Macko then helped swimmers and other lifeguards give the injured long-distance swimmer, Steven Robles, medical assistance. Macko was a lifeguard in North Wildwood for nine summers starting in 1999.

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Mayfair’s Devon Theater Is One of Philly’s Most Popular Listings

devon theaterThe Devon Theater at 6325-43 Frankford Avenue opened in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia in 1946. Some years it featured first-run movies; other years, it showed second-run only. There was an experiment with adult film screenings during the 1970s, but community opposition quashed that.

We asked a Mayfair native in his early 30s if he had any associations with the Devon. “When my parents were kids,” he said, “it showed first-run stuff. By the time I was a kid in the early 1990s, it showed movies things that came out a few months before, and it was maybe a $1.50 for a film. There was a hole in the screen, I don’t know how big. I think I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit there.”

He also remembered being told that during the years when the theater had porn screenings in addition to regular movies, Catholic school kids weren’t allowed to go to the Devon at all–and if you were caught there, you’d get in trouble in school. “Not because you were seeing porn, but because they didn’t want you supporting such a business.”

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