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Philadelphia police: Stolen car full of teens crashes into T-Mobile store in Hunting Park

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A stolen car full of teenagers crashed into a T-Mobile store in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia on Saturday.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on the 700 block of East Hunting Park Avenue.

Police said there were 11 employees and about five customers inside at the time. Two employees were injured.

“A person near the storefront was injured when glass shattered and cut his face. In addition, counters that were against the storefront were pushed against this employee,” the inspector said. DF Pace of the Philadelphia Police Department. “Another employee suffered more serious lacerations to the face from broken glass.”

Police say the driver was a 16-year-old boy.

Three passengers were between 14 and 16 years old.

Investigators say it all started Friday when the car was stolen from the 1200 block of East Hunting Park Avenue around 5 p.m.

According to the police, the owner of the car left the keys inside the vehicle.

On Saturday, the owner spotted him on the road with a fake temporary Texas tag on East Hunting Park Avenue.

He alerted the local police, who immediately turned on the headlights of his car.

“But it was too late. The vehicle took off at high speed and officers were never able to engage that vehicle,” Pace said.

The car even knocked over a stop sign which crashed into the storefront.

Police say one of the injured employees chased and grabbed the teenage driver. The car owner chased and grabbed another teenager.

The police were able to apprehend the other two teenagers.

“It is extremely fortunate that more people were not seriously injured or killed given the way this car crashed into the store. If people had been looking at phones near this storefront, they would have been seriously injured or killed. maybe killed,” Pace added.

Police say the teens could face aggravated assault charges in addition to auto theft and other charges.

They add that it reminds the public to remove their car keys.

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