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Philadelphia police responded to reports of widespread looting on Tuesday night
Philadelphia police responded to popular retailers like the Apple Store, Lululemon and Footlocker after they were allegedly being ravaged by swarms of looters taking over the City of Brotherly Love Tuesday evening.
At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to reports of large crowds of juveniles allegedly looting stores in the Center City business corridor of the 9th District.
“In a proactive measure, officers from the 9th District stopped a group of males dressed in black attire and wearing masks at the intersection of 17th and Chestnut Streets,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
As of midnight on Wednesday, police confirmed between 15 and 20 people were arrested during the looting and at least two firearms were recovered.HUNDREDS OF BUSINESSES TO GO ON STRIKE OVER RAMPANT VIOLENT CRIME PLAGUING CALIFORNIA CITY
Philadelphia police responded to Center City for widespread reports of looting. (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
As officers were speaking with these individuals, they began to receive reports of looting at the Foot Locker on Chestnut Street.
Responding officers arrived at the Foot Locker and discovered the store had been ransacked in a “coordinated attack,” according to the statement. A number of juveniles then fled the scene and at least one adult was arrested.
Subsequent incidents of looting were reported in quick succession. Officers responded to a report of looting at the Lululemon on Walnut Street, where multiple individuals were apprehended.
A short time later, looting was reported at the Apple Store on Walnut Street. No arrests were made in connection with this incident. Phones and tablets were taken from the store, but several stolen items have since been recovered.
Videos posted to X, formerly Twitter, showed retail stores like Lululemon, the Apple Store and Footlocker ravaged by crowds of looters.
FOX 29’s Steve Keeley obtained video of a ransacked Apple Store with iPhones and iPads scattered across the display tables. Keeley wrote on X that many of the stolen Apple products were left behind due to the device’s comprehensive anti-theft technology.
FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports anti-theft technology rendered the stolen devices useless once they were removed from the store. (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
A police officer told local outlet WCAU-TV that more than 100 juveniles took items from the Lululemon store. No injuries were immediately reported, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Police also responded to several other reports of property damage and thefts throughout the city
Philadelphia police attempt to control large crowds of juveniles who were caught looting stores in Center City, Philadelphia on Tuesday. (FOX 29 Philadelphia)
“The Philadelphia Police Department is committed to maintaining public safety and order,” police said in the statement Wednesday morning. “We are actively investigating these incidents and working diligently to identify and apprehend those responsible for these unlawful acts. We appreciate the cooperation of our community and urge anyone with information related to these incidents to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigations.”
The statement continued: “We would like to thank our dedicated officers who swiftly responded to these incidents, as well as our community members who continue to support law enforcement efforts to keep Philadelphia safe.”
Sarah Rumpf-Whitten is a writer on the breaking news team for Fox News Digital. You can reach her on Twitter at @s_rumpfwhitten.
SOURCE: FOX NEW