Fewer incidents of looting overnight with Philly curfew in effect

Broken glass remains after looters broke into the Lord & Taylor on City Avenue on Wednesday night.
Broken glass remains after looters broke into the Lord & Taylor on City Avenue on Wednesday night. Photo credit Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 4:15 p.m.

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The third night after the shooting of Walter Wallace brought fewer incidents of violence and looting than the first two nights. Police were busy along both sides of City Avenue.

Shattered glass littered the sidewalk in front of the Lord & Taylor on City Avenue, where looters smashed a plate glass display window Wednesday night. Lower Merion police arrested several people there.

Officers say cars of would be-looters drove up and tried to strike quickly, before security personnel were able to barricade the entrances to the shopping center. Those entrances are now open. The Foot Locker and Michael’s stores there are boarded up as a precaution.

Looters reportedly tried to break in to the Target down the street in Wynnefield Heights, as well as a drug store and other locations on City Avenue.

There were scattered reports of more ATM explosions throughout the city overnight. A 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew was in effect, and while it was far from a typical night, there were fewer incidents of looting and vandalism than on Monday and Tuesday.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, police arrested 40 people, mostly for burglaries.

Four officers were injured, but they’ve been treated and released. One police car was damaged, and police reported 11 more ATM explosions.

Since Monday, there have been 212 total felony or misdemeanor arrests and 57 injured officers. Only one is still hospitalized.

There is no curfew for Thursday night into Friday morning.