PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have pushed out a trio of surveillance videos from the night of looting and rioting in the city a month ago, where suspects can be seen on camera lighting fires inside businesses. Authorities are hoping the public can help identify the arsonists.
All the videos are within a few hours from the evening of May 31 into the early morning hours of June 1.
The first video shows several people breaking into the Sun Pay Beauty Supply store along Germantown Avenue near Lehigh Avenue just before 8 p.m., with looters ransacking the shop.
One man, who officials say is in his late teens or early 20s, is seen on surveillance video sparking a flame in the corner of the store and within minutes, flames engulf the store, eventually seemingly melting the camera.
The business was completely destroyed.
Just less than two hours later in Center City in another video and store, a young teenager wearing a Villanova sweatshirt can be seen lighting a snack rack on fire inside the Wawa at 12th and Market streets while people run in and out, looting the store, police say.
The rack is near the entrance, leaning against a pillar.
Police say a “concerned looter” kicks the rack out of the way.
The third video shows several people ransacking the Kensington Smoke Shop along Allegheny Avenue in Kensington. Authorities say one man in his late 20s or early 30s began lighting things on fire as they sit on top of a table.
Anyone who recognizes the people in the videos are asked to contact police. more Philly News (For Your Information)