PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Police in South Philadelphia are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two suspects who robbed a jewelry store in Girard Estates.
The incident occurred Monday around 5:30 p.m. and the H&Y Jewelers on the 2400 block of South 23 rd Street.
"They punched the complainant in the face, tie him up, and begin to rob the store," said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford.
Customers and the shop owner's neighbors here in Girard Estates were stunned by the violent holdup and worried for the 54- year-old man, who has now been robbed three times.
This woman asked FOX 29 to conceal her identity. She says saw the allegedly robbers making their escape with the owner in pursuit.
"While he was chasing them he was yelling for them to come back, they jumped inside the gold car and they sped off," she told FOX 29.
Investigators say the suspects punched the owner in the face, knocking him right out of his sandals. They tied him up with zip ties. they stole $50,000 worth of jewelry from cases and the store's safe. Police have now stepped up patrols in the area.
"You'll notice in the video, very distinct look for these two guys, one has fake tattoo sleeves, we're hoping somebody can recognize this individual, recognize their mannerisms," explained. Lt. Stanford.
The same store owner was the victim of a home invasion robbery two years ago. His loyal customers are worried he may close up shop.
Police describe the first suspect as a White male, 5'7", 30-35 year-of-age, 145lbs, thin oval face, wearing a dark colored hat, sunglasses, black & white plaid shirt, black pants, and black boots. The suspect is described as a White male, 5'8", 30-35 years-of-age, 145lbs, wearing a dark colored hat, sunglasses, all dark clothing, black boots, this suspect is also wearing 'fake' tattoo sleeves.
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact: South Detective Division 215-686-3353/3354 Det. Fields #731 DC 15-01-039477