In one of the crimes, armed thieves stole multiple iPhones, Apple Watches and other devices. They also stole a gun and a car.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A male suspect is in police custody in connection with two home robberies near the Temple University campus.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said a 23-year-old man was being processed.
Police are investigating three home thefts in the area.
The latest crime occurred around 6:20 a.m. Monday on the 1900 block of North 18th Street in North Philadelphia.
Four people, including two male temple students, were in the home at the time.
They said they woke up with guns in their faces and told them to check in their stuff.
Police say the armed thieves stole multiple iPhones, Apple Watches and other tech devices. The suspects also stole a gun and a 2022 Black Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which has since been recovered.
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It’s a similar motive to two other early morning home invasions in the same area, carried out by two masked gunmen who robbed Temple students at their homes.
On November 11, eleven sleeping college students were rounded up in the 1300 block of North 15th Street and robbed of their laptops, cell phones, debit cards and a car.
Detectives found surveillance video of a nearby man using one of those stolen cards and have since released that video to the public in hopes someone will recognize the suspects.
On November 9, Temple University student Kayla Barone was robbed at gunpoint in her off-campus apartment on North 18th Street.
It is still unclear against which of the three robberies the suspect will be charged.
This is an evolving story. Please check back for updates.
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