Jul. 24--An hour after a landscaper going home from work was beaten to death with a brick in West Philadelphia, a man accompanied by two boys walked into a store four blocks away and used the victim's credit card to buy three fitted baseball caps.
The purchase was captured on a surveillance video, and yesterday, police released it in an effort to find the man. (The tape can be viewed at www.philly.com.)
Detectives said they did not know whether the man was the killer of Corey Moody, but they certainly would like to talk to him. In police parlance, he is a "person of interest."
Moody, 38, the father and stepfather of seven children, was bludgeoned about 4:30 p.m. Friday in a vacant lot at 48th and Market Streets in the shadow of the elevated line while headed from work to his home in North Philadelphia.
Police found a bloody brick nearby. His wallet was missing.
An hour later, a shopping spree was under way on 52d Street near Market, police said.
A man, with two boys in tow, visited three or four stores, buying clothing and jewelry, charging $500 to $600 on Moody's credit card, said Capt. James Clark, homicide squad commander.
One boy had his hair in a distinctive ponytail and carried a black bag filled with purchases. The other wore a white sleeveless T-shirt. Clark said they appeared to be preteens.
The man wore a black shirt with the number 10061 on it.
During the five-minute visit to the shop that was caught on video, the man admired himself in a mirror and showed off a long fake diamond chain with a lock dotted with fake gems and an oversized fake designer watch he had bought using the credit card at another store a short time before.
Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 215-686-3334 or -3335.
Contact staff writer Joseph Gambardello at 215-854-2153 or email@example.com.
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