Reporting Elizabeth Hur
By Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A warning for women – if you plan on a night out on the town, hang onto your purse and keep a close eye on your wallet.
Sounds like a no brainer, right?
But sneaky thieves, at times, still get away with your valuables. It happened to one woman inside a Fishtown bar. What’s quite unique about this case? The three women suspected of committing the crime are all caught on tape.
“Very attractive and very well dressed, somebody you would never look or suspect,” Robert Bitros said.
The suspects did manage to get away. But Bitros says the eight surveillance cameras in and outside his business, Interstate Drafthouse, caught their every move on the evening of January 25th.
“One sat at the bar, two sat at a table,” Bitros explained.
According to the bar owner, the two women who chose the table are responsible for stealing another woman’s wallet right out her purse. What you see on the surveillance video, he first posted on Youtube, is what happened next. The suspect with long hair is seen on the video waiting for her friend to pay their bill. When that friend leaves, the long haired woman taps on the back of their third friend seated at the bar. The cameras outside then caught the first two running away, their other friend wasn’t far behind them.
Bitros added, “I just hope they do something about it.”
He’s is now talking about the police who, after Eyewitness News informed them about the existence of the video, sent out an investigator to follow up on the incident. Bitros says he’s doing his part hoping to prevent this from happening again at his establishment.
“In our bar, we have the hooks under the bar for women’s pocket books and now we’re putting hooks on all the tables,” Bitros said.
Police say now with the discovery of the video, investigators hope to identify the three women involved with help from the public.
One of the women is said to have a tattoo of stars on her right cheek. All three are described as black females possibly in their 20s.