CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are investigating the robberies of two separate businesses in the Rittenhouse Square section of Center City.
On December 12 at 4:40 p.m. police say a man entered the Barney's New York located on the 1800 block of Walnut Street and selected several high-end purses from the shelves.
Police say the suspect then sprayed mace at the store's security guard and manager.
He then fled the store with approximately $10,000 in merchandise.
Security cameras captured images of the offender shoplifting on the second floor of the store.
The suspect is described as black male, mid-20s, 6', medium build, wearing a dark colored jacket, blue jeans, baseball hat, and blue and white sneakers.
On December 26 at 5:46 p.m. police say three men entered the Gap Outlet on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street.
While inside the store, police say the suspects attempted to place several items of clothing inside their bags while tearing off the security tags.
When confronted by store security, one of the suspect threatened to stab the employee then fled the store in an unknown direction.
The first suspect is described as a black male, 30 years-of-age, medium build, light mustache and beard, wearing a dark colored coat, jeans, and red sneakers.
The second suspect is described as a black male, late 20 years-of-age, wearing a white skull cap, denim jacket, blue jeans, and brown boots.
The third suspect is described as a black male, 20 years-of-age, thin build, goatee, wearing a three quarter dark colored coat, blue jeans, and a blue "Yankees" baseball cap.
Anyone with information should call police at 215-686-TIPS (8477).