Armed suspects steal car from Center City couple packing for trip

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A 72-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman packing up for a trip were victims of an armed home invasion in Center City Philadelphia, police said.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Thursday on the 300 block of South Camac Street.

Police said two to three men broke into their home and one was armed with a silver handgun.

They took the victims inside the home then fled with phones, wallets, and money.

Wendy Mitchell tells Action News she and her husband were packing up to drive to North Carolina for her daughter's college graduation when they were robbed at gunpoint.

"Two dudes approach from the north side of the street, the other (on) the south side of the street," she said.

When they were all inside she and her husband were held at gunpoint by one suspect while sitting in their couch. The others ransacked their home.

"All the jewelry, all the good stuff is gone," said Mitchell.

She says one of the men even went to an ATM to withdrawal several hundred dollars from their account.

But it didn't stop there.

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Mitchell says the suspects left but them came back and stole their car.

Luckily, the suspects didn't take the key fob and never made it more than a few yards before it shut down.

"They took my landline and cell phone and husband's cell phone. We had no way to call for help. We had to physically find a neighbor," said Mitchell.

Police said the vehicle stalled and was found abandoned down the street.

A gun was recovered in the back seat. Police believe it to be the gun used in the crime.

There were no reports of injuries.

Police are continuing to search for the suspects.
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