Police say the pair suspected in a weekend armed robbery at Jim's Steaks in West Philadelphia are also believed to have held up other businesses in the area in February and March.
Philadelphia police on Wednesday released surveillance footage that shows the two armed suspects during the robberies at Jim's and a pizza shop on Saturday, and at a bar in early February.
The same two men are thought to be responsible for all three robberies, which all occurred in West and Southwest Philadelphia, police said.
In the robbery at Jim's, the two entered the business at 431 N. 62nd St. shortly after 1 a.m., brandished handguns, and ordered workers and patrons to the floor. One of the men ordered a cashier to open the cash register, police said.
The two fled after obtaining money from the cash register and customers.
Less than an hour earlier, the suspects had held up Vincent's Pizza, located at 6452 Lansdowne Ave., according to police.
In that case, one assailant pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded cash from the register, while the second stood outside wearing a ski mask, acting as a lookout. They fled after obtaining cash.
Investigators believe the same two are also behind a Feb. 2 gunpoint robbery at Elzina bar, located at 5639 Master St.
The two, one armed with a handgun, entered the bar and ordered everyone to the ground, police said. One of the men then jumped over the bar and forced an employee to open the cash register.
They took money from the register, as well as wallets and cell phones from patrons, before running away, police said.
No injuries were reported in any of the cases.
The two are described as black men between the ages of 18 and 25, 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inches tall and having thin or medium builds. They have worn dark-colored hooded jackets with hooded sweatshirts, and masks.
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