Several retail stores were looted across different parts of Philadelphia last night.
As Slay News reported, gangs of brazen criminals ransacked businesses in Pennsylvania’s largest city after murder charges against a police officer were dropped in a case related to a fatal shooting.
Police said thugs erupted in a stealing spree after a judge decided to drop charges against a cop who fatally shot Eddie Irizarry.
The unruly crowd outnumbered responding officers as they went from store to store in Center City, the main dining and shopping scene in downtown Philadelphia, local news reported.
Videos on social media show crowds of crooks lifting merchandise and stuffing it in large plastic bags.
The shoplifters hit a Foot Locker and Apple store near 15th and Chestnut streets as well as a Lululemon in Rittenhouse Square and are accused of assaulting a security guard at the shoe store.
🚨#BREAKING: Large Crowds of people have started Riot and Loot multiple stores as Citywide Rapid Response has been Activated
Philadelphia Police have activated a citywide rapid response following large crowds of people gathering and rioting, and engaging… pic.twitter.com/ronKIax9rO
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) September 27, 2023
The thieves didn’t appear to be emotionally impacted by the Irizarry case as they delightedly helped themselves to high-value merchandise.
Many of the “protesters” were seen laughing and excitedly filming the events on their cell phones as others fled with stolen goods.
It was a disgraceful display of Democrat policies brought to life.
There was a silver lining, however.
One of the looters who livestreamed the action who goes by the name “Meatball” was arrested.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 27, 2023
Shortly after, her tearful mugshot was released.
NEW: Philadelphia looter ‘meatball’ arrested on camera hours after laughing as mob looted Apple, Lululemon and other stores. Here’s her tearful mugshot: pic.twitter.com/TmkFFiH2PM
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 27, 2023
Interim Commissioner John Stanford told reporters the looting began around 8 p.m.
“This had nothing to do with the protests,” Stanford said.
“What we had tonight was a bunch of criminal opportunists take advantage of a situation to make an attempt to destroy our city.”
Retail stores in Center City like Lululemon, the Apple Store, and Footlocker were looted by what police called a “coordinated attack.”
In North Philadelphia, thieves looted retail stores like GameStop and Walmart.
A Family Dollar store in West Philadelphia was also looted.
The owner of Bruce Goldberg Northeast Pharmacy says 40 bags of filled prescriptions, including blood pressure and AIDS medication, were stolen during the looting.