Man robs Delco Wawa at knifepoint

RIDLEY TWP., Pa. - September 6, 2011

It was early Saturday morning in Ridley Township and the manager inside the Wawa near the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Holmes Street, was preparing for the day.

He was filling the cash register with money in anticipation of the breakfast crowd, when an unidentified man walked in.

"You know the Wawa is extremely busy even at that time in the morning. He goes right behind the counter, confronts the manager, and demands the money with a large knife," said Lieutenant Scott Willoughby of the Ridley Township Police Department.

The thief was carried a big kitchen knife inside of a plastic bag, which the manager quickly filled with cash.

The suspect was able to get away, but local authorities say they have an advantage in this case.

The convenience store recently upgraded its security system with high resolution cameras.

The robber was not wearing a mask and his face can be seen very clearly on surveillance photos and video.

"It's extremely clear and that's what we're hoping that one of your viewers will see this person, recognizes his face and gives us a call at our Detectives Division," said Lieutenant Willoughby.

In the meantime, as word of the theft continues to spread across Ridley Township, neighbors say they're shocked but not surprised about what happened.

"It's very frightening. I would not want to be around when it something like that happened but I come here all the time," said Eleanore Jordan.

If you recognize the robbery suspect, you're asked to call Ridley Township Police at 610-532-4002.

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