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Philadelphia Police Release Surveillance Photo In Fatal Robbery

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police have released a picture of the second suspect who got away following a fatal robbery inside a Lawndale jewelry store Thursday.

The jewelry store owner, a pillar of the community, was killed during a shootout with the suspects.

kevin turner Philadelphia Police Release Surveillance Photo In Fatal Robbery

Deputy Police Commissioner William Blackburn says 22-year-old Kevin Turner (right), who has over a dozen previous arrests for drugs, robbery and guns, escaped from a Northeast Philadelphia prison last week and investigators now believe he and his accomplice committed another armed robbery at Philadelphia Diamond Discounters on Cottman Avenue on October 18.

“The description of the two males match,” said Blackburn. “There was also a black backpack that was seen at the first robbery that was also seen in the possession of the second suspect at the other robbery. During this robbery, I believe there were $2,400 taken, as well as various jewelry.”

And three days later, authorities say, they struck again with tragic results. William Glatz, owner of Glatz Jewelers, was fatally shot during a failed robbery inside his business on Rising Sun Avenue. Turner was shot and killed during a shootout with Glatz. The second suspect remains on the loose (see previous story).

Turner escaped from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast in the early morning hours of October 12.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Philadelphia Police department.

Reported By: Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio; Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • jim Wilmer

    How many escapes or wrong releases have happened this year.. My question same as last time is this. Is it truly a mistake. Or did some just turn their head. Heads would roll if he escaped a district police station. Yes, It is sad for the family. Pray they can be consoled.

  • linda

    My heart goes out to the family who lost their loved one who was working in this jewerly store. The same tragedy happened to my family a couple months ago in Brooklyn, New York. When a man trying to rob the store to which he shot and killed my daughter father who was working trying to make an honest living for his family. The guy also had a long criminal history but he was released from prison just a couple months before. I really hope they find the other guy to get him off the streets before more crimes or murders are committed.

  • Anne

    it’s so sad. I had done business at the jewerly store. Mr. Glatz was a nice man. I lived in Lawndale almost 40 years. I miss it but am glad I moved away. The store was there since the 1950’s I think. It’s a sad end to all those years of business.

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