BY DAVE GAMBACORTA OF THE DAILY NEWS At an age when most boys are focused on prom dates and driver’s licenses, police say two West Philly teens have been busy masterminding a staggering citywide crime wave.
The boys — ages 15 and 16 — were arrested on Monday after they confessed to committing 14 bar robberies and two carjackings at gunpoint during the past month, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The teens, whose names were not released, were each charged with multiple counts of robbery and related offenses.
“They pretended to be patrons but ended up demanding money from the bar employees and the customers,” Walker said.”They were both armed. In one [surveillance] video, we see one of the suspects pointing a gun at a female patron, who can’t stop her hands from shaking because she so feared for her life.”
When investigators reviewed surveillance footage of some of the holdups, they were struck by the fact that the teen thieves, who had several prior arrests, seemed to find humor in watching their victims squirm as they stared down the barrel of a gun, Walker said. “They’re so young, but they have such a lack of regard for human life,” he noted. MORE