PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Wawa in Mayfair on the corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Tyson Avenue was quiet Saturday night. However, this was not the case last weekend.
Police are still needing help identifying those who ransacked and looted the Wawa last week.
Police say children as young as 10 may have been involved.
Video in the store shows them throwing objects and knocking things over, and food was strewn everywhere.
According to police, a group of about 100 youths left the nearby Rolling Thunder Skate Center and came to the store.
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“It’s a pity, especially for the people who work there, who try to earn a living,” says Angela Keisler, who grew up and lives nearby.
People are still in shock.
“I was like, oh my god, that’s right down the street from my house. It was kind of upsetting to see that,” said Melinda Steward-Tobbs.
Police say it’s only a matter of time before they find out who did it because everything was caught on camera. However, you want parents to do the right thing and speak up.
“I know there are several parents who are going to look at this and say, ‘That’s not how I raised my kids,’ and that’s understandable, but there’s also a responsibility then to identify your kids with us,” he said John Stanford, 1st Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Customers say they’ve noticed an increase in police presence at Wawa, with one officer usually stationed inside. But last week the position could not be filled.
“Even if someone was there, it was 100 people to one person – they couldn’t possibly handle a crowd like that,” said Keisler.
Police said they are working with prosecutors and the charges could include rioting, which is a felony. They also say if your car was damaged in the parking lot call Northeast Detectives.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 215-686-TIPS.
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