Police: 2 men sought in string of Metro PCS robberies in West Philadelphia

- A Philadelphia storeowner is voicing his frustrations after police say his store was robbed at gunpoint.

The manager of the Metro PCS store on the 4400 block of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia says his store was held up by two armed men back on Black Friday.

“I didn’t know what to think but I tried to do the best thing which is say less and give them what they want,” the owner, who did not wish to be identified, told FOX 29’s Dave Kinchen.

Police say the robbery was part of a months-long pattern of Metro PCS store robberies. Previous reporting on that pattern is what the owner says prompted him to order special security doors. Those doors arrived just days after the robbery.

“Mine was supposed to be here Thursday which was Thanksgiving so he didn’t come. The next day was Friday he got busy and became and installed it the next morning, Saturday morning, after the robbery!” the owner explained.

The owner says the suspects left the store with $1600 and a hand full of iPhones before fleeing the scene, heading North on 44th Street.

Four days later, the pattern continued, and a Metro PCS store on South 52nd Street was robbed. This time the thieves targeted the safe and cash registers.

Surveillance video shows what police believe to be the same men rifling through the second store before second off.

The manager of the Chestnut Street Metro PCS says he’s just a hard working guy trying to support his family, and does not even think the suspects will learn their lesson when they are caught.

“That’s what pisses me off even more because, I know they probably won’t even do much time. They probably know they’re not going to do too much time,” the owner said.

Police describe the suspects as two black men, approximately 5-foot-9, with thin-to-medium builds. One of the suspects is reported to have a dollar sign tattoo under his right eye and tattoos on both hands.

Police warn that these men are armed and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on the suspects can contact an anonymous tip line at 215-686-8477 or text tips to 773847.

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