Police Seek Man Who Robbed Hatboro Store at Gunpoint

The robbery occurred at Burdick's in the 200 block of York Road just before 1 p.m.

Police are searching for a suspect described as a black male who is said to have robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon. 

Hatboro Police said the robbery of the store, which is located in the 200 block of South York Road, occurred at approximately 12:41 p.m. 

Police said the man entered the store and produced a black-colored handgun, demanded money and ordered the three workers and one customer to the rear of the store. He then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The subject is described as a black male with light-colored skin, tall, thin build with facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red plaid flannel jacket, with a black hooded sweatshirt underneath, dark gray-colored pants, a dark knit cap and grey sneakers. 

Police located security camera footage that captured images of the suspect arriving at the store from the north. The man was riding a mountain bicycle and parked same in a driveway to the south of the store. After robbing the business, police said the subject exited the store and fled on the bicycle in a southwest direction.   

 is located relatively close to the scene of the robbery and was placed under lock-down for a short period of time as a precaution. Although students were not in school today, staff were present in the building.

Hatboro Police, assisted by officers from Upper Moreland, Horsham and a canine team from Warminster Police, searched the area for the subject.

The man is considered armed and dangerous. If the subject is seen, persons should contact the police immediately and not approach. Anyone with information on this subject or this incident should immediately contact Sgt. Cameron Goold of the  at 215-675-2832.


Dolores Forget January 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Brazen, in the middle of the day -- I hope they catch whoever this is.
J.R. sr January 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
someone needs to update their gps maps...the cash for gold place is up the road aways....
Jack E. Martling January 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
My guess is that he lives in the Blair Mill Apartments or Robert Bruce apartments. There are more and more low lives moving into the area.
Cora Rowe January 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Pal, what kind of drugs are you on? Do you really think you can get away with this? You need to give yourself up, if they haven't caught you already!!
HarleyGirl04 January 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Jack that was one place I also thought about. I know it won't be long before they catch him. I'm wondering if they have the video of him leaving Burdick's also and if so what direction he went in. Unfortunately we have some true scum moving in this area and this coming summer we'll see it even more. I hate to say it but I don't care where you go, you just can't seem to escape it anymore.
J.R. sr January 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I have been saying it for years...it is all SEPTA's fault...crime goes wherever septa reaches....
Dolores Forget January 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Oh no, what's coming up this summer?
Jason Gutekunst January 30, 2012 at 02:28 AM
yea, whats coming this summer?
The fix is in January 30, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Not a super wawa, what is coming up this summer.
Scott Johnson January 30, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Yea, totally Hatboro's gone down hill since 1873 when the line opened.... (you must be pretty old)
J.R. sr January 30, 2012 at 09:25 AM
I apologize, allow me to correct myself...the crime stats seem to follow the reach of the bussing routes. There just seems (to me, anyhow) an easier was for the scum to get on a bus in, say north Philly, or Germantown (not too many Germans there anymore), and after a few route changes, they're in a whole new world, fresh and clean, ripe for pillaging and plundering......
HarleyGirl04 February 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Meaning the warmer weather brings more people out and then we get to see what garbage has moved in over the winter. I promise I don't have any inside tips I holding out on....lol
Dolores Forget February 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Well, today I got a sneak peek with the balmy weather!
Ruth February 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Hey I saw this guy riding a bike near Warminster Heights on Sunday !! Maybe they should look over that way for him.
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Ruth, It might be a good idea to notify the police department, if you haven't already done so.
Ruth February 15, 2012 at 05:50 AM
This is the first time I saw this notice, with the picture. I did call the police dept, amd left a message.
Dolores Forget April 20, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Caught! Although "73" might be an error or not the actual gun man. The Hatboro Police Department announces the arrest of Suliman ALI, 73 years of age, of Hunters Way in Hatboro, in connection with the January 27th 2012 armed robbery of Burdick's News Agency. ALI was arrested today in Coatesville, Chester County, by members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force and the Coatesville Police Department and then turned over to the Hatboro Police. He was also wanted for a parole violation from the State of New Jersey. ALI was subsequently arraigned and is currently in the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of bail The Hatboro Police would like to thank all of the people who provided tips and vital information in connection with this investigation.
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Dolores, I checked and that's the correct age. Here's the latest: http://patch.com/A-sBkd
Dolores Forget April 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thanks Theresa -- 73, can you imagine?! I was sure it was a mistake. I found him on mugshots.com and he has quite an unsavory past.
Glindberg April 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I was there yesterday and left moments before he arrived. Was going to wait for a malt but I'd have been late arriving back from lunch break so I opted to leave. The area IS getting scary. It seems there was man hunt for another suspect up the road later in the day, which I have yet to see coverage on.


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