String of Robberies Near Penn, Drexel Appear to Be Connected

Police released surveillance footage of a robbery in West Philadelphia they say is connected to several others near the Penn and Drexel campuses.

Police are warning that a string of robberies in West Philadelphia near the campuses of Penn and Drexel appear to be connected. Cops yesterday released surveillance footage (above) of a robbery on the 3100 block of Hamilton Street that showed three men confronting a 20-year-old Drexel student in the foyer of her apartment.

One of the robbers, armed with a gun, took her cell phone, backpack and $200.

But cops say the suspects are also responsible for three other robberies on the outskirts of the two campuses. On February 12th, a woman entering her home was held up at gunpoint on the 4400 block of Pine Street. On February 16th, a man who went to 41st and Spring Garden to buy a paintball gun was robbed. Fox 29 flagged a fourth robbery, that of a Jimmy John’s delivery driver at 32nd and Baring.

Philadelphia police released the following descriptions of the suspects:

  • Suspect #1: Black male, 6’0″, thin build, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a blue t-shirt underneath.
  • Suspect #2: Black male, 6’0″, stocky build, wearing a black hooded jacket with a light colored shirt underneath, dark colored track pants with white stripes down the sides, and armed with a handgun.
  • Suspect #3: Black male, wearing a dark colored hooded jacket, sneakers and a mask.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Tips can be called in (215.686.8477), texted (to 773847 or PPDTIP) or with this online form. Cops say all tips are confidential.