Looters Target Philadelphia Businesses
by Patrick Wilson
September 27, 2023
PHILADELPHIA – A group of looters targeted businesses in Center City Philadelphia on Tuesday night, breaking into stores and stealing merchandise. The looting occurred after a protest over the fatal police shooting of Eddie Irizarry, but police said the two events were not connected.
Police said the looting began around 7:30 p.m. when a group of juveniles and young people started breaking into stores along Chestnut Street. The group quickly grew to around 100 people, and they began looting stores all over Center City.
Looters broke into stores such as Foot Locker, Apple, and Lululemon, stealing merchandise and causing damage. Police said the looters also vandalized several businesses.
Police responded to the looting quickly, and they were able to make 15 arrests. However, many of the looters were able to escape.
The looting in Philadelphia is a reminder of the ongoing problem of crime in the city. Philadelphia has one of the highest crime rates in the United States, and the city has struggled to reduce crime in recent years.
The looting also raises questions about the effectiveness of the Philadelphia Police Department. The police department has been criticized for its handling of crime in the city, and the looting on Tuesday night is likely to fuel those criticisms.
The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating the looting, and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.
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