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Philly Teens Charged With Robbery of $1,400 in Gift Cards from Hilltown Giant Using Fradulent Credit Cards, Police Say

Two Philadelphia teenagers are charged with robbery and other offenses for allegedly using fraudulent credit cards to buy $1,400 in gift cards from Giant in Hilltown Township and attempting to rob an employee of a bag of activated gift cards.

Durwood Elliot Vanlue, 19, of the 5900 block of Spring Street, and Jihad Lee Smith, 19, of the 5100 block of Hadfield Street, were charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, access device fraud, identity theft, simple assault and criminal conspiracy, police said.

Vanlue and Smith were arraigned before District Judge Charles Baum of Perkasie and sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of $50,000 bail each.

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On Thursday, at 10:35 a.m., Hilltown Township Police responded to the Giant at 760 Route 113 in Hilltown Plaza Shopping Center for a strong arm robbery that had just occurred, police said.

Two black males, police said, attempted to use numerous credit cards to buy MasterCard gift cards in $100 denominations.

The two men were confronted by store personnel and asked to show photo ID, which they allegedly refused, police said. The teens then demanded the return of various credit cards, police said.

Vanlue and Smith then allegedly attempted to grab the bag of gift cards already activated from the store employee, and pulled her to the ground in the struggle, police said.

The employee was not injured, police said.

A store audit determined the teens had purchased $1,400 in gift cards using the various fraudulent credit cards, police said.  

Vanlue and Smith allegedly fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala, police said. An All Points Bulletin was broadcast with the description of the teens and the vehicle.

At 11:27 a.m., the Impala was stopped on Route 309 near Pumping Station Road by Richland Township Police Department.

The two occupants were identified as Vanlue and Smith, police said, and were taken into custody.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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