CRIME: Gunless Crooks Use Hot Java As A Weapon

Authorities across the Delaware Valley are asking for the public’s help for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the so-called “splash and grab” robbers who have been targeting hot-coffee-print-c12136155.jpeg7-Elevens, Wawas, and other businesses over the past few weeks.

Philadelphia police captain Benjamin Naish says the robbers have hit three times in Philadelphia and at least 16 times in the region, mostly at convenience stores. He says the weapon used is a hot drink:

“One of the males is obtaining hot, steaming hot liquid — coffee or hot chocolate. They bring it to the counter, and when the cashier is opening up the drawer, there is some kind of distraction going on and one of the males throws the hot liquid right into the face of the cashier while the second male reaches across, grabs the cash drawer out, and they take off.”

Naish says one victim suffered second-degree burns, and victims could be blinded or permanently disfigured.

Wawa and 7-Eleven have joined to offer a $10,000 reward.

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