Crime Watch

Internet-like scam comes to life in West Philly

Posted on 02 December 2010

Philadelphia Police arrested five men yesterday who were allegedly running a “black money” scam on Philadelphia businesses, including one in Overbrook whose owner alerted the cops. Police report that one of the men arrested, 27-year-old Patrick Sanyeah,  lived on the 4600 block of Chester Avenue. All five men are Liberian nationals.
Basically the scam involves a fairly elaborate demonstration of “washing” U.S. bills from West Africa that have been blackened to get through U.S. Customs. The men tell businesses owners that they need a small investment from them to help in the washing operation and that they would get a portion of the money when it was complete. Sometimes called the “wash, wash,” the scam began appearing int he United States in 2000. It often starts with a random e-mail.
The Channel 6 video below explains yesterday’s arrest…

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Alleged car thief killed at 40th and Locust

Posted on 21 November 2010

This car, which police say was jacked near 50th and Arch early Sunday, crashed into a barrier at 40th and Locust. Police shot and killed one of the car’s occupants after he fired at them.


Police shot and killed a man early Sunday morning near the corner of 40th and Locust after gunshots were exchanged, according to Penn’s Division of Public Safety. The incident began as an armed car jacking near 50th and Arch.
Philadelphia police chased the vehicle, a silver Cadillac, until it crashed into a barrier near the Penn campus. One man fired at police as he fled the crash scene. Police returned fire, killing the man. Another man who fled was later apprehended. Neither man has been identified. More information as it becomes available.

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Foiled robberies at 47th and Baltimore

Posted on 19 November 2010

A teenage would-be robber was twice chased off by potential victims earlier this week near 47th and Baltimore, the Metro reports. A 38-year-old man told police that a young man approached him at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday armed with a knife and demanded money. After being punch in the face, the victim responded by brandishing Mace.

About 10 minutes later a woman reported that a young man approached her near 46th and Hazel and demanded money and her cell phone. She refused. The man fled after saying, “You’re lucky you’re a f—— female.”

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