July 4th, 2019. “About 60 juveniles walked into the establishment and began removing things from the shelves, destroying property inside the store,” Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew told the media. “The cashier attempted to intervene and some heavy item – I believe it was a bottle – was thrown at him, striking him in the head.” Captain Kinebrew added that the value of the stolen merchandise and the damage to the store totaled between $6,000 and $7,000.
Some people in the group can be seen filming the incident on their cell phones. The group is also seen running out of the store with items in their hands, including soft drinks and snacks.
A cashier was hit in the head with a glass bottle when he tried to intervene.
The group “stormed the Walgreens store” and “ran around knocking items off of the shelves,” according to police. The video captured three boys running through an aisle, knocking makeup off store shelves. Another camera angle captured a larger group knocking other items off shelves.
The injured clerk has been treated and released with cuts and bruises to his head. Philadelphia police told media none of the suspects have been arrested.
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said, “At the end of the day, it’s about parenting and our kids making the right decisions.” Johnson, who’s on the city’s committee for public safety, told media he believes social media is fueling large gatherings in the area. He also spoke about business owners on South Street closing early as a result.
“First and foremost they shouldn’t have to close up shop at all,” he said. “We’re going to make sure curfew laws are strictly enforced and continuously step up our police efforts.”
Brazen large group of 60 people looted a Philadelphia Walgreens store on July 4th https://t.co/YCLSUNR8op
— HYGO News (@HygoNews) July 11, 2019