Garden Court Eatery is robbed, third time this year

Posted on 29 September 2014 by

There was a gunpoint robbery at the Garden Court Eatery (4725 Pine St) over the weekend. Police say two men robbed the store on Saturday, Sept 27, around 9:30 p.m. One man, armed with a black handgun and with his face covered with black garb, entered the store, jumped over the counter, pointed the gun at a female employee and told her to open the register. When she opened the register, the man took cash and fled.

The suspect ran across the street toward an alleyway. He approached the store from the same direction, police say.

Another man, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his face, stood at the entrance until the first man finished the robbery and then fled in the same direction, according to police.

The armed suspect had a black backpack with “Sugar House Casino” written on it and was wearing white gloves, according to police. Police say they have surveillance video of the robbery, which they should release soon (we’ll keep you updated).

This is the third gunpoint robbery of the Garden Court Eatery this year. The previous two robberies took place in January and February.

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Police investigating suspicious death of 21-year-old female Penn student at 40th and Sansom

Posted on 29 September 2014 by

Police are investigating the death of 21-year-old Penn student whose body was found in a three-story student boarding house near 40th and Sansom.

Police say roommates discovered Amanda Hu on Sunday night, at around 11:30 p.m., in her bedroom and attempted CPR. When police arrived they observed a blood spatter on the wall next to the woman, according to a police report. Hu was from near Charlotte, N.C. and was a Biochemistry major.

An empty pill bottle was found on a nearby table for 60 pills prescribed to Hu about two weeks ago for treatment of depression, according to the report. There were also two notes on her desk, one addressed to her family and one to her mental health doctor at Penn. The letters appeared to be suicide notes, according to police. The woman’s roommates told police that they heard her screaming and heard banging sounds coming from her room earlier Sunday.

Police said they are treating the death as suspicious and the investigation is continuing.

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Police look for help to find suspect in 52nd St gold theft (video)

Posted on 18 September 2014 by

Theft-From-Auto-19-N-52nd-St-DC-14-16-037585Police are still looking for the man who stole a bag filled with gold jewelry from a car parked near 52nd and Market Streets on September 2, at about 12:40 p.m. It was reported earlier this month that there was surveillance video of the incident, but the video wasn’t released until yesterday.

Southwest Detective Division is seeking public help in identifying and locating the person seen in the video who, police say, smashed the front passenger side window with a hammer, took a blue duffel bag with various gold jewelry items, worth approximately $66,000 (previously, it was reported that the value of the stolen jewelry was over $100,000), and fled on a bicycle.

The 74-year-old owner of the bag parked his car and went to the nearby Cash For Gold store to conduct some business, according to police. He was at the store for about 5 minutes, during which the theft took place.

If you have any information about the suspect, please contact Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183/3184.

Here’s the video:

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West Philly News Roundup

Posted on 15 September 2014 by

Here’s a short roundup of some recent news from around West Philadelphia.


Christina Regusters.

A West Philadelphia woman, Christina Regusters, was found guilty on Friday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in January, 2013. The verdict was reached by the jury of seven women and five men after several days of testimony, which included some harrowing details. The victim, now 7, also testified at the trial and is credited by the team of investigators for leading them to her kidnapper. The little girl required a surgery after being sexually assaulted. Regusters, 21, faces up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15.

• University City Science Center opened a 13-story, 330,000-square-foot, $100 million, office building at 3737 Market Street on Friday. Eight floors of the building are occupied by University of Pennsylvania’s Health System patient care. Other tenants include: Spark Therapeutics (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia gene therapy spinoff), Good Shepherd Penn Partners, and Corner Bakery on the ground floor (opens in winter). has some more details here.

The building at 40th and Ludlow, which until recently housed a pet store, is for sale, Naked Philly reports. The 3-story, approximately 4,300 sq. foot commercial-type property at 27-29 S. 40th St is currently listed for sale for $879K. The pet store that the building housed, Tradewinds Aquarium and Pet Center, closed in the Spring after decades of operation.

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$140,000 worth of jewelry stolen from car at 52nd and Market

Posted on 03 September 2014 by

Police are investigating a theft from a car parked near 52nd and Market that left the owner, a 74-year-old man, short of about $140,000 worth of gold jewelry.

The incident happened at around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday when the man parked his car, a Lexus SUV, and went to the nearby Cash for Gold store. He left a duffel bag inside his vehicle containing approximately $140,000 worth of various jewelry items, including rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, according to police.

The man told police that he was inside the store for about 5 minutes. When he returned to his car he noticed that the front passenger side window was smashed and the bag with jewelry was gone.

Police are searching for the male theft suspect, who was riding a mountain bike. Witnesses told police that the man broke the car window with a hammer and took the bag. Police say they have surveillance video of the incident from a nearby store and that the investigation continues. We’ll update when we have more information.


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Armed men break into, rob fraternity house near 42nd and Baltimore

Posted on 28 August 2014 by


Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity house. (Photo West Philly Local)

Police are searching for two armed men who forced their way into and robbed a fraternity house at 42nd and Pine near 42nd and Baltimore Wednesday morning at around 2 a.m.

The fraternity members in the house, the University of Sciences students, were hosting a birthday party at the time, NBC10 reports. Students at Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity house answered a knock on the door. The gunmen ordered the students to the ground, took cash – much of the fraternity’s newly collected dues from a safe in the house – and fled, according to police. One of the students was also attacked during the invasion as he told NBC10.

Penn and the University of Sciences planned to issue safety alerts to their students today.

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