South Philadelphia burglary suspects target clothing store once again

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A store owner in South Philadelphia has been the victim of another burglary after speaking out about his fight to protect his boutique despite expensive security measures.

“I don’t know what to do now. Honestly, that’s ridiculous,” said Mohamad Fritis, owner of Mizzo Boutique.

Fritis said his livelihood was stolen during a series of burglaries at his store at 17th and Jackson Streets in South Philadelphia.

Fritis spoke to Action News about the issue on Tuesday night, and hours later his deal was hit again.

“They do not care. They show their faces. What else can you do to catch a criminal? I do not understand. It’s like living in a third world country,” Fritis said.

A thief is seen on surveillance moving a clothes rack and using it as a ladder to get to the clothes hanging on the top level.

“I did everything I could to protect my business and it still got robbed,” Fritis said.

Fritis said he previously installed surveillance cameras and security gates to block his window. He recently added new locks after thieves drilled their way in.

“As you can see, I have a fort, it’s fenced. This is the best goal out there. The most expensive and they still got in,” Fritis said. “These criminals know what they are doing. It’s an electric gate with a motor and 800 pounds to raise it. If they know how to get in here, they can get in anywhere.”

Fritis said there were three burglaries and five attempts. He’s now down at least $80,000-$90,000 due to casualties and damage.

“It’s like a hotspot for them and the cops know it. I know every detective in the precinct,” Fritis said. “For officials, I think they should do more about retail theft. We work hard for this stuff; for some it might seem like retail theft is a petty crime, but for others – it’s their life, that’s what we work for.

“I’m working really hard to get to where I am. Honestly, it’s not fair for these people to come and take it.”

Fritis said he wouldn’t have opened up now after all the burglaries if his family hadn’t helped.

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