Employees and patrons at the famous Boyd’s men’s clothing store in center city Philadelphia were shaken up but no one was seriously hurt as four men staged a smash-and-grab robbery at the upscale store on Thursday afternoon.
Police say the robbery happened in two stages. First, a couple of armed men overtook the Boyds security guard here at 1818 Chestnut Street with mace:
“They were wearing blackhooded sweatshirts, masks and gloves. They quickly overtook the security guard. They maced other employees.”
9th District police captain Dennis Wilson says not ten seconds later, two additional men with bags and hammers came in and smashed two display cases.
The men grabbed up handfuls of expensive jewelry and quickly made their escape.
Boyd’s later estimated the value of the stolen merchandise at $500,000.
And while Wilson says police believe at least one of the men had a silver revolver, no one was seriously injured:
“There was a few people maced. And there was definitely mace in the store, we were having problems with it when we first went in.”
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