Police Seek Suspect Who Used Baby’s Stroller To Steal Items From Walgreens
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By Diana Rocco
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Philadelphia Police are on the hunt for a man who was caught using a baby’s stroller to help him conceal items he stole from Walgreens.
Police say when the suspect was confronted by the store manager he used the stroller, with the baby in it, as a shield to block the manager.
Lt. John Stanford says, “We want to make sure we find this guy, get him off the street, as well as make sure the child is okay.”
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The incident occurred at the Walgreens on North Broad Street in Hunting Park on Monday morning right after the store opened.
The suspect is seen on camera and by employees stuffing merchandise into the stroller. When the store manager confronts him about the items, he uses the baby’s stroller to forcefully move him out of the way.
The two men end up in a shoving match and when a security guard intervenes the suspect pulls a knife on the guard.
Charles Edwards is a security guard at the Walgreens. He says, “This situation goes on every day. Guys come in stealing, they got guns on them. We catch them with the property and with their guns on them.”
Edwards wasn’t the guard on duty at the time of the incident, but he says the security guards carry guns and wear bullet proof vests because they deal with situations like this often.
As for the suspect, Edwards recognized him but says he’s never had an issue with him.
“He’s a regular guy he comes in here all the time. He’s been here I’ve seen him I haven’t had no problem. This store the guys up here, it’s just problems, they’ll fight you stab you and they’ll shoot you.”
Lt. John Stanford says, “For this male to do something like this in the presence of a child is quite disturbing.”
If the suspect is caught he faces charges of Theft, Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault.