A man who robbed a West Oak Lane store on Friday using a demand note claimed he was doing so in part because he has a sick child, according to Philadelphia police.

The case echoes a similar robbery of a smoke shop in Bustleton last year, during which a man claimed he was robbing the store because his daughter needed a transplant.

In the latest case, the man walked into a Rite Aid on the 7400 block of Ogontz Avenue shortly before noon and, after pretending he was going to make a purchase, approached the cashier and handed her a note. According to police, the note read, in part: “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.”
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