Doggy-style pet robbery: Alleged serial robber in custody after targeting fourth Philadelphia pet store chain

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A serial robbery suspect is later in custody. Another Philadelphia pet store The theft took place on Thursday night.

The video in the player above is from a previous Action News report.

It happened at the Doggie Style pet store on the 1000 block of Pine Street in Center City around 7 p.m.

Investigators say the suspect stole $230 and fled the store.

Officers were given a good description of the male suspect at the scene and said they later saw him at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue around 8 p.m.

When police caught up with the suspect, officers say they consulted with the store clerk, who confirmed it was the same person.

This is the fourth robbery this month that has targeted small businesses at 10 locations in Philadelphia.

The first robbery occurred at a Doggy Style pet store at 21st and South Streets on December 16th, then a store was robbed on the 18th and Paseonik on December 21st, and finally, a robbery at the 17th and Spruce Street location on December 24th.

The police believe that the same accused is responsible for all these incidents.

Each time, the store says the suspect would wait until closing time after customers left.

Howard Nelson, owner and CEO of Doggy Style Pets, says the suspect stole thousands of dollars from his small business chain.

Nelson’s company may not be the only victim.

“It’s a safe place and I want people to feel that way when they come here,” Massimo Boni, owner of Vita, also a gelato shop on 17th Street, previously told Action News.

Boney says his shop was the victim of a break-in overnight on December 23. He says he compared the surveillance to a doggy-style pet and believes it’s the same suspect.

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