Cameras capture violent furniture store hold up

July 15, 2009 3:50:02 PM PDT
Police have some clear pictures of the suspects wanted for a violent holdup at a Frankford furniture warehouse. Police are appealing to the public to find three men who they say are armed and very dangerous. They surfaced at a furniture warehouse in Philadelphia's Frankford section last Friday night, playing rough from start to finish.

One of the suspects had a shotgun, but all of them had the same intention: to get away with cash. None of the men hesitated to show frightened employees that they were serious about their mission.

Surveillance video captured the shotgun holdup the evening of July 10th at a furniture warehouse in the 3800 block of Frankford Avenue. Two thugs without masks came in and surprised 2 employees of Just In Time Furniture as they were shutting down for the day.

One of the robbery victims told Action New, "They were just interested in money. Cell phones and everything was basically taken so we had no communication. They took all the phone wires apart, camera systems, everything."

Enter the leader of the pack, sawed off shotgun in hand, telling his cohorts to throw some muscle around.

"They hit one of the guys. They threw me on the floor. Basically, we couldn't see much. They locked us up right before they left."

Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department said, "They made threats that they were going to kill them and at one point discharged the firearm into boxes to really pronounce their threat. So, they really wanted to make sure these employees knew that they were serious."

Eventually the two employees were tossed in separate storage rooms as the trio of bandits made off with what is described as well over $7,000.

If you recognize any of the men, believed to be in their 30's, police would appreciate a tip call to help nail them. Someone could get hurt the next time they strike.