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Philadelphia: Twelve Teenagers Arrested Following Retail Stores Ransack

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – On September 26, 2023, authorities reported the classification of teenagers who crashed into retail stores in certain areas of Philadelphia in a seemingly organized attempt. 

Police detained 15 to 20 teenagers, following the large-scale loot in the neighborhood. According to authorities, “they were fleeing, having filled plastic bags with merchandise.” 

The flare of mob-style looting on Tuesday night at retail stores companies such as Foot Locker, Lululemon, and Apple followed after a peaceful protest. The protests were in disapproval over the judge’s decision to dismiss murder and other charges against a Philadelphia Police officer who killed a driver, Eddie Irizarry, through a rolled-up window.

Photo Credit: New York Post – CBS Philadelphia

Interim Police Commissioner, John Stafford briefed at a news conference and labelled the group as “a bunch of criminal opportunists.” They were further establishing thathose who participated in the loot were not affiliated with the protest. 


Surveillance video on Social Media featured masked people in hoodies who escaped the Lululemon store with merchandise with police officers capturing several of them and striking the sidewalk. Photos of an athletic retail store at a mall showed mannequins and sneakers thrown on the sidewalk.

Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney explained that criminal activity is strictly prohibited in the city of Philadelphia as he found this kind of behavior very appalling, a “sickening display of opportunistic criminal activity.” 

 Kenney also explained that his administration and the police planned to evaluate and find more evidence on surveillance videos for further investigation, “this destructive and illegal behavior cannot and will not be tolerated in our city. Which areas of the city may need increased coverage or additional resources.



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There were a large number of young participants in Philadelphia’s downtown business place, Center City, before 8:00 p.m. The police news release stated that some police officers caught a group of young men who wore black attire and masks. 

Around that time, a 911 emergency phone call was reported from the Foot Locker store. When police arrived, they found it had turned into a horrific attack. The juveniles took off and one adult was arrested. 

No injuries were reported, however, CBS Philadelphia explained that a security guard was thumped at the Foot Locker store. 

In North Philadelphia, Benjamin Nachum, a pharmacy owner, reported CBS that his store was destroyed for a third time. Items were stolen, despite the store being secured, "I understand, you know, desperate times for people call for desperate measures and there are plenty of opportunists that just see drugs.”


Authorities have claimed that the group of young participants vandalized several retail stores in North Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney reported criminal activities are strictly prohibited in the City of Philadelphia and his administration is continuously looking at other surveillance videos to investigate the issue to seek pieces of evidence.

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Editor: Mariyam Qureshi

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