RIDLEY TOWNSHIP — Police are asking for help identifying the duo who robbed a Chick-Fil-A manager of $7,000 on Monday afternoon then dragged her more than 20 feet along Chester Pike as she struggled to get the money back.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that this was a setup,” said Ridley Township Police Lt. Scott Willoughby. “Somebody set her up. They knew she was leaving with the deposit.”
The incident took place on Chester Pike near Bullens Lane at approximately 1 p.m. Monday.
The victim, a 41-year-old Brookhaven resident, had left her job as manager of the Chick-Fil-A Restaurant at the Philadelphia International Airport at 12:30 p.m. and was on her way home. As was her routine, she was planning to deposit the cash at a Brookhaven bank before going home for the day. The suspects, however, had other plans.
“This woman leaves work with this deposit all the time, but leaves at different times of the day,” Willoughby said. “Someone either followed her or made a phone call to the perpetrator.”
When the woman stopped for a light on westbound Chester Pike, her car was struck from behind by a navy blue sedan, possibly a Ford or a Nissan, police said. The victim got out of her car and was immediately confronted by the driver of the blue sedan. “You hit me,” he told the victim, according to Willoughby. When the victim asked how she could have hit him when her car was in front of his, the suspect shoved her out of the way and grabbed her purse from the front passenger seat of her car.
“He bumped into her to get her out of the car and enable him to grab the purse and get away,” Willoughby said.
The victim chased the suspect back to his vehicle and grabbed the purse through the driver’s side window. The two struggled as a black female in the passenger seat urged the driver to get going, Willoughby said. The suspect stepped on the gas, heading toward Chester, while dragging the victim along Chester Pike.
Willoughby said the suspect was able to empty the contents of the purse into his lap before letting go of the black pocketbook. The victim tumbled onto Chester Pike near Bullens Lane.