Man arrested for robbery of 6 Philly businesses

September 17, 2012 8:52:19 AM PDT
Philadelphia police are crediting the media and the public for the arrest of the man wanted in connection with the violent armed robberies of several businesses over the summer.

20-year-old Maurice Connelly, from the 5900 block of North 21st Street, turned himself into police on Friday. He is charged in the robbery of six stores from May to late August of this year.

VIDEO: Watch surveillance video of the robberies in progress

According to police, the first robbery happened on May 31, 2012 at the Mobile Trac USA store, located at 2643 Germantown Avenue. Several weeks later on June 16th, Connelly allegedly robbed the same store. Then on June 22nd, police say he robbed the Mobile Trac store a third time.

On June 24th, Connelly allegedly robbed the Game Stop store located at 5301 Chew Avenue. In this case, police explain that he pulled out a handgun and ordered everyone to the ground. The very next day, police say he robbed the Game Stop located at 2900 N Broad Street.

Philadelphia police Lieutenant George McClay explains, "[Connelly] says, 'I'm here to rob the place now.' He takes everybody to the back room and uses zip ties and duck tape."

The last robbery happened on August 27th and the Shoe Center on Germantown Avenue.

Connelly is also being investigated for his alleged role in the armed robbery of the Dunkin Donuts on Chew Avenue, near LaSalle University. However, no charges have been announced in this case.

The Citizens Crime Commission and the Game Stop Corporation were offering a joint $1,000 reward for information leading to Connelly's arrest. There is no word on if that reward was collected.

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