Search for robbers targeting W. Philly businesses

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The search is one for two armed suspects who have targeted four West Philadelphia businesses in the last three weeks. (WPVI)

The search is on for two armed suspects who have targeted four West Philadelphia businesses in the last three weeks.

Each time, the suspects barged in with handguns, demanding cash. So far, they have stolen more than $1,000.

The most recent robbery happened around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at a family-owned mini-market on Georges Lane.

The store owner, who did not want his name used, said, "He came into the store and he pulled a gun on me. I put my hand up and say take whatever you want, and that's it," he said.

The robberies date back to October 23, and police have released surveillance video of the other three holdups.

The first was at Nets Bar at 54th and Master.

In each case the two suspects enter wearing masks and gloves and brandishing guns. They take all the cash before fleeing.

Other robberies happened at Family Dollar store at 56th and Lancaster on October 29, and on November 1 at the JZ Tavern at 5500 Girard.

"These guys are reckless and careless when they're going in there. In one case, the one bar, at 54th and Master, they actually confront the manager who's actually armed himself, has a permit to carry, they take his gun from him. So these situations can get ugly real fast," said Lt. John Walker of Philadelphia police.

In total, about $1,500 were taken between the four heists.
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