Teens caught on video robbing 9-year-old girl arrested

March 9, 2013 3:29:33 PM PST
Philadelphia police say two teenagers who were caught on video robbing a 9-year-old girl in Germantown are in police custody Saturday.

Detectives say the two suspects, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old, were arrested after their parents saw the surveillance video.

The robbery happened Friday morning outside of Jaques Mini Market at Wakefield and Ashmead streets.

In surveillance video, the teen boys are seen approaching the girl after she left the store.

A short time later, they were caught fleeing with the child's wallet, which contained $13.

"I think it's terrible, I think it's a disgrace," said Dorothy Enis.

"It's ridiculous. It does not make sense at all. This should not be happening because the child is innocent," said Deborah Jackson-Smith.

As word spread about the robbery, anger grew in the neighborhood.

"I don't think it's any of these guys around here because they know we will protect," said Derek Enis.

The victim's parents did not want to be interviewed however the girl was in good spirits while Action News spoke to her off camera.

She even continued on to school after the robbery.

"At least she wasn't harmed that's the main thing. She wasn't harmed," said Jackson-Smith.

One of the suspects was seen wearing an Addidas sweatshirt; the other was wearing a Puma sweatshirt.

They were turned into police by their parents.

Police have not released their identities. Both will be charged with robbery.