Philadelphia Police are currently looking for a man who allegedly robbed a Rite Aid in an act of apparent desperation.
. According to a report by CNN, a man allegedly robbed the Philadelphia-based store by flashing a demand note which said that he required money for his sick kid, The footage of this incident was released by Philadelphia police which shows the suspect entering a Rite Aid store located at 7401 Ogontz Avenue on January 3, wearing a grey hoodie and dark gloves.
Man who robbed a pharmacy gave clerk a note that said, 'I'm sorry, I have a sick child,' cops sayhttps://t.co/iCTLGrcRZp— '''mold,,, (@quinn_mcg_) January 9, 2020
Following this, he picked up an item from the shelf and approached the register. The clerk of the store in West Oak Lane can be seen scanning the product and placing it in a plastic bag. Then, the man produces a note to the employee. At the beginning of the video, the officials mentioned that the note read in part, "Give me all the money. I'm sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds." The video continues with the suspect reaching into his pocket and leaning over at the counter.
The clerk can then be seen opening the register and placing an undetermined amount of cash into the same plastic bag from it. Police revealed that the suspect stuffed the bag of money inside his pocked and fled the place on foot north towards 75th Street. This brazen robbery has been considered an act fueled by desperation. "If you’re desperate, you’ll do something desperate," said shopper Peachola Lamkin, reports CBS Philadelphia. "Just because you have a sick child, there’s no reason to rob a store," added Lamkin.
This is the real problem... The broken society where basic needs such as healthcare are just beyond the reach of the ordinary person! https://t.co/XKQiBtppb6— Akonde Maxwell (@AkondeMaxwell) January 9, 2020
"I don’t know if he was armed but he put the store workers in danger. He put himself in danger because the police could’ve come in and killed him and then his kid wouldn’t have had a father," continued Lamkin. Commenting on this recent event, Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said, "We certainly understand that people have needs. That’s just not the way to go about fulfilling those needs." Speaking to CNN, Philadelphia Police Officer Tanya Little revealed that the man did not display any weapon to the clerk during the robbery. They are yet to identify the suspect.
It's a shame the American system causes ppl to do criminal acts just to get by with the basics. Some theft is acceptable. This is one of those https://t.co/cNmtktEjr2— Jon Schrift (@JonSchrift1983) January 9, 2020
Investigators on the case want to help make the situation better. They say that if the man turns himself in, it's possible that they can provide assistance for his child. "There may be some specialized services for this individual and his family that he could be in need of, too. Unfortunately, the only way at this point he may be able to get them, is if he comes in and sees us," said Kinebrew.
Authorities have released this footage in hopes that the public could help them track and identify him. The suspect is described as a black man who is between 30 and 40 years old. He is under 6 feet in height and has facial hair. You can contact the Northwest Detective Division 215-686-3354, if you have any information.
it's a sin to not have free healthcare in the richest country in the world.— pochemuchka (@the_Pochemuchka) January 9, 2020