Police in Philadelphia are searching today for a group of males who ambushed a couple at gunpoint in the driveway of their home and forced them to turn over $30,000 in money and jewelry.
The robbery took place Sunday night as the husband and wife, whom police did not identify, returned to their home in the city’s Oxford Circle neighborhood, the local ABC-owned station WPVI reported.
Surveillance video captured the home invasion in progress, and showed the men forcing the husband, said to be in his 40s, inside while his wife was pushed to the ground between cars and then forced at gunpoint to crawl on her hands and knees.
Once inside the home, police said the suspects pistol-whipped the husband and demanded money. They eventually fled the scene on foot with around $30,000 in cash and jewelry, according to police.
“I heard a lot of noise inside the house. I rang the bell. With that, they come down the stairs, knocked me over, ran between my girlfriend and the car and the fence, and took off toward Large Street,” one of the couple’s neighbors told WPVI.
The neighbor said the suspects, whom he said had been waiting in a nearby yard for the couple to return home, dropped as much as $1,000 cash when they took off.
Police said the robbers likely targeted this couple because the two own their own business and would likely have cash on hand.
“They’re coming back from their business and they get ambushed like that and overtaken by six or seven people, it’s a definite ambush,” Philadelphia Police Sgt. Dennis Rosenbaum told WPVI.
Authorities released the surveillance video Wednesday in hopes it would lead to more information on the suspects, said to be black males. They were wearing dark-colored hoodies and holding rags over their faces at the time of the crime.
Philadelphia police are asking anyone with information on this crime to call 215-686-TIPS (8477).