Crooks hit Burger King

Police are searching for a trio of robbers who attacked two employees at a South Philadelphia Burger King and stole an unknown amount of cash from the restaurant's safe.

The robbery unfolded shortly before midnight on Nov. 15. Police said the three crooks pounced on a 19-year-old employee as he took trash out through a rear door, and forced their way inside.

One of the suspects struck a 46-year-old employee with a baseball bat, while the other two emptied the safe. The robbers darted out of the Columbus Boulevard shop, and fled down nearby Dickinson Street.

Police described one robber as a 6-foot-tall, thin, black man who wore a beige mask below his eyes, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black pants with two white stripes.

The second robber was described as a 6-foot-tall man whose face was completely hidden by a skeleton mask. He wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The third thief was described as a 6-foot-tall black man who wore a black mask over part of his face and all black clothing. Anyone with information on the robbery can contact South Detectives at 215-686-3013 or call 215-686-TIPS.

Man robbed at ATM

A man was held up at gunpoint as he attempted to use an ATM machine in Port Richmond last week.

Police said the 52-year-old man was trying to deposit money into the machine at a Wells Fargo Bank on Aramingo Avenue near Tioga Street at 12:05 a.m. on Nov. 27 when an armed suspect crept up behind him.

Video footage showed the victim handing over the cash he had in his wallet as the robber stands inches away, pointing a handgun at him.

The robber, who fled on foot, was described by police as a 20-year-old black man who stood about 5-2, and wore blue jeans, a black shirt and a blue hooded sweatshirt. He covered part of his face with his shirt.

Tipsters can contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243.

N. Philly youth football team heads to Florida

After a whirlwind fundraising push, the Blackhawks are heading to the Junior Midget American Youth Football national championships.

The team, whose home turf is at 11th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philly, boarded a bus yesterday heading for the tournament, held in Kissimmee, Fla.

Initially, the team of 11- to 13-year-olds struggled to afford the $10,000 entry fee, but Ron Flowers, the undefeated squad's coach, started a GoFundMe page that quickly went viral.

Now, thanks to donors including the city, the Goldenberg Group and People Helping People, the team has raised enough money to make the long trip to the Sunshine State.

- David Gambacorta and Vinny Vella