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Located on Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia, the Boost Mobile store is open, but the doors stay locked. At least until a customer approach the store.
It’s the latest security measure since the store was robbed three days in a row.
Ankit Tiwari owns multiple Boost stores. He said in September, seven of his stores were robbed with the latest happening this week. He has lost more than $25,000 in September and about $75,000 over the past six months. He has permanently closed 2 of his stores because of the robberies.
“I feel sad because the stores are like my babies,” said Mr. Tiwari. “I have opened them. I bought them. I feel sad for the customers as well, but as a business owner also, I just can’t keep taking losses like this all the time.”
The latest robberies to the store on Ogontz Avenue were compounded by slow police response time. Mr. Tiwari said it took about 28 minutes for the police to come for the robbery call. He has filed a police complaint.
“On the (September) 13th, we had a robber who came into the store and there was an employee working over here,” he said. “He showed the knife and walked away with some cash.”
The same situation happened the next evening. So, Tiwari was prepared for the third day. That’s when he chased the suspect away with a bat as shown in the surveillance video.
He has asked Philadelphia police to come to the area, but no officers responded.
“I knew to save my store and my property and my employees, I had to take matters into my own hands,” said Tiwari.
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