Police ask for public’s help in identifying suspects who lit fires in Philly businesses during night of looting, rioting

By KYW Newsradio 1060

The first video shows several people breaking into the Sun Pay Beauty Supply store along Germantown Avenue near Lehigh Avenue just before 8 p.m., with looters ransacking the shop. 

One man, who officials say is in his late teens or early 20s, is seen on surveillance video sparking a flame in the corner of the store and within minutes, flames engulf the store, eventually seemingly melting the camera. 

The business was completely destroyed.

Just less than two hours later in Center City in another video and store, a young teenager wearing a Villanova sweatshirt can be seen lighting a snack rack on fire inside the Wawa at 12th and Market streets while people run in and out, looting the store, police say. 

The rack is near the entrance, leaning against a pillar.

Police say a “concerned looter” kicks the rack out of the way.

The third video shows several people ransacking the Kensington Smoke Shop along Allegheny Avenue in Kensington. Authorities say one man in his late 20s or early 30s began lighting things on fire as they sit on top of a table.

Anyone who recognizes the people in the videos are asked to contact police.