Kaleah Mcilwain, WCAU, September 26, 2023
Large crowds of juveniles looted multiple stores and damaged property across Center City Philadelphia Tuesday night, police said.
It was around 8 p.m. when police started receiving calls that large crowds off juveniles were making their way into Center City, police said.
Among the stores looted were the Footlocker and the Apple store near 15th and Chestnut and the Lululemon in Center City.
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Acting Police Commissioner John Stanford said Tuesday night’s looting had nothing to do with the peaceful protest that took place earlier after charges were dismissed against the officer who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry.
Stanford also said police have made 15-20 arrests so far and two firearms have been recovered, but they aren’t sure if they are connected to the looting.
Over 100 juveniles and young adults were involved but at this time police are not sure how many businesses were affected.
“What we had tonight was a bunch of criminal opportunists,” Stanford said.