PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are investigating a series of unsolved downtown armed robberies, like the one last week that was recorded. The worrying trend comes as businesses prepare to welcome back workers who have been furloughed due to the pandemic.
The Philadelphia police bring in officers from other parts of the city to patrol downtown, and the FBI also steps in.
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“Walking around today, I feel perfectly safe,” said Philadelphia resident Alecia Carey.
The rash of recent armed robberies was not on the minds of people in Dilworth Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m fine. I don’t know of any issues, so it’s fine,” said Cory Holden, who is from Dallas, Texas.
But the police are trying to get ahead of the trouble. Armed police patrolled the city center following at least 10 armed robberies in the area in recent weeks.
One of the most recent happened last Tuesday. Surveillance video shows two men being robbed at gunpoint near the Four Seasons hotel. The suspects fled with their two Rolex watches.
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Police said on Tuesday that the first armed robbery like this was back on September 30. Attacks happen around the clock and are targeted.
Despite the attacks, Mayor Jim Kenney says the city is safe.
“You see large groups of people, so apparently they don’t have those worries,” Kenney said. “And the police are working very hard to shut down this activity, and it’s happening, sad to say it’s happening in other cities and it’s happening here.”
In a virtual update, police say if you’re a victim, don’t retaliate.
“Give them what they want,” Assistant Police Commissioner Joel Dales said. “Give them what they want. Don’t, don’t fight suspects. Your life is worth more than that.
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It’s still unclear what role the FBI will play in catching these suspects, but until an arrest is made, police are warning you to remain vigilant.