Gunman robs Mayfair department store

Two Family Dollar employees were bound with zip ties before the crook fled with $5,000 and cell phones.


An unidentified gunman robbed a Mayfair department store at closing time Monday night, possibly after hiding in a store room until employees began locking the doors.

The version of the incident released by the Philadelphia police’s Public Affairs Unit states it happened at about 10 p.m. at Family Dollar on the 7300 block of Frankford Avenue, but an overnight police commander told two local TV news organizations it happened at about 11.

Chief Inspector Scott Small reportedly said the robber hid inside the store until closing time, when he confronted two employees and bound their wrists with zip ties before he stole about $5,000 cash and cell phones.

The official police version states the robber pointed a gun at a woman employee and demanded money. He grabbed the cash and cell phones, then fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was described as black, in his early 20s, 6 feet tall, about 185 pounds, with light brown eyes, a big black jacket, black pants, a dark baseball cap, a dark bandana on his face, blue and white Nike Air Max sneakers and gloves. Call 215–686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to report information. ••