Police ID suspect wanted in Game Stop robberies; reward offered

June 28, 2012 10:29:52 AM PDT
Philadelphia police have identified the man who they say is responsible for the violent armed robberies of several businesses, and a reward is being offered in an attempt to catch him.

20-year-old Maurice Connelly, from the 5900 block of North 21st Street, is wanted for his alleged role in the robberies of a Dunkin Donuts and two Game Stop stores in the East Germantown and Glenwood sections of the city.

The Citizens Crime Commission and the Game Stop Corporation are offering a joint $1,000 reward for information leading to Connelly's arrest.

VIDEO: Watch surveillance video of the robberies in progress

Police say over a four day period the young man flashed his gun three times in three robberies.

The robbery spree started last Friday when police say Connelly cased a Dunkin Donuts on Chew Avenue, near LaSalle University before coming back later with a gun and robbed the store - shoving money in his pockets.

Philadelphia police Lieutenant George McClay explains, "[Connelly] came back a half an hour later right at closing time; he arrives and pulls a handgun. He is wearing a black sweat suit and orange Polo hat."

Two days later, he is back with the same plan at the Game Stop store nearby. However this time around he seemed bolder, according to Lieutenant McClay.

"He now robs the place, pulls the handgun out again, [and] puts everybody down on the ground, which is starting to get a little more up in violence at this point."

Just yesterday another Game Stop store and more aggressive behavior.

"He says, 'I'm here to rob the place now.' He takes everybody to the back room and uses zip ties and duck tape," says McClay.

It is the escalating nature of the aggression that worries police.

Lieutenant McClay tells us, "You can see [in the video] that he's either getting more bold in his action or he's getting more confident. Why, we don't know. But he's definitely going up into the danger factor."

If you know where Maurice Connelly is you are urged to contact police. You can submit a tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.