Arrest in pizza shop holdups

May 4, 2009 11:30:57 AM PDT
Philadelphia police say a bandit who favored hitting pizza shops has been busted.In April of 2009, police from Philadelphia's East Detective Division identified a man named Gary Grant 42, as the offender in several robberies in April. He was arrested on April 30 at his home in Darby Borough.

Grant has been linked to 7 robberies.

Witnesses at some of the holdups told police the suspect would look at the menu and sometimes even order food. They said he then pointed a black handgun at the victims and handed them a black plastic bag demanding that they fill it with the money from the registers.

The first robbery police accuse Grant of committing was a holdup at the Exxon gas station at 2330 Aramingo Ave. on February 8th.

The second incident, according to police, took place on March 5th at 8:35 pm in the 1500 block of Porter Street. The report says the suspect entered the Pizza Shack with a black handgun. The owner of the store says he ran to the back and the suspect fled the scene without taking anything. Police say the suspect could have fled in a 2002-2003 silver color Neon or Intrepid body style vehicle.

The third incident for which Grant was charged happened two days later on March 7th at 8:20 pm in the 1600 block of South 2nd Street. An employee at Two Street Pizza said the suspect entered the store, pointed a black handgun at her and calmly said his name was "Maurice." She said the man handed her a small black shopping bag and told her to fill it with money from the register. She said she gave the man $100 and he fled the scene.

In the fourth incident, an employee at Jackson Village Pizza in the 2100 block of South 22nd Street said a man entered the store on March 11th at 10:00 pm. She said he handed her a black plastic bag and demanded money from the register. She said she gave him $150 and he left heading north on 22nd Street towards Snyder Avenue.

The fifth robbery reportedly happened March 14th at 11:00 pm in the 800 block of South 4th Street. The owner of Queen Village Pizza told officers the suspect entered the store and ordered a pizza. He allegedly then pulled a black plastic bag from his pocket and placed it on the counter and demanded the money from the register. The owner said he refused and the suspect pointed a black handgun at him and reached over and took $35 from the register and fled the scene on foot.

There were 2 more robberies police have linked to Grant: A holdup at Father and Son's Pizza at 2500 Frankford Avenue on April 9 and a robbery at Santucci's Pizza at 4019 O Street on April 17th.,

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