Philadelphia Police Seek Public Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia’s Central Detective Division is appealing to the public for help in identifying a suspect believed to be involved in a theft that took place on Parrish Street earlier this month.

On February 21, 2024, at approximately 4:27 am, an individual allegedly took a backpack from a parked car in the 1500 block of Parrish Street. The stolen backpack contained several valuable items, including an iPad, a laptop computer, identification, credit cards, and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.

The suspect, captured in still photos released by the police, later attempted to use the stolen credit cards. However, according to authorities, the transactions were denied.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Black male with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and red, white, and black sneakers.

Authorities are urging anyone who recognizes the individual to contact law enforcement immediately, but they caution against approaching the suspect directly. Instead, anyone who sees the suspect should call 911.

To submit a tip over the phone, members of the public can dial 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to the same number. All tips will be kept confidential.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect is asked to contact the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093/3094, specifically Det. Goulbourne, referencing ID# DC-24-09-006627.

While these allegations are serious, it is essential to remember that they are just that—allegations. Information about this case is subject to change as more details may emerge. An arrest, a criminal complaint, or information about a suspect does not constitute a declaration of guilt. Everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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