Barry's Steaks Burglar Caught, Police Say

Police say the man broke into several businesses in the past few weeks.

Philadelphia police have charged 23-year-old Roxborough resident Michael Giordano with multiple accounts of burglary after police say he broke into several area businesses from Feb. 8-26.

Police say that Giordano broke into Barry's Steaks before .

Giordano also broke into Dream House Asian Bistro, police say, the morning of Feb. 8 where he stole blank checks, $20 in loose change and a pack of cigarettes.

According to police, Giordano entered the businesses in both cases by smashing exterior and interior glass.

Police also believe that Giordano is responsible for four other burglaries in the 6000 block of Ridge Avenue.

To read the original Barry's Steaks article please click here.

Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I agree with you Wendy. Drugs are a lifestyle choice and an idiotic choice at that. I don't care what kind of problems you're having at home or with work, etc. It is no excuse to start messing your body and health up with drugs.
David March 01, 2013 at 01:00 AM
One thing I wish people would recognize about this case is that the guy broke into the buildings at night. Maybe he wouldn't be so brazen during the day. Maybe if he saw someone he would've fled. Who knows? I"m not sure it's fair to assume that if someone is a burglar that they're violent. He's craving a fix so badly that he's willing to break the law and steal from others. Maybe he would've drawn the line there. Again..these are 'maybe's'. Maybe he's violent, Maybe he's not. I don't know. None of us know. As far as the violence claim: innocent untill proven guilty. (cont...)
David March 01, 2013 at 01:00 AM
(...cont) Sadly some drug addict's addictions are formed when they're children. Sometimes (yes, this is rare) against their will. Some parents never teach their kids about the dangers of addiction. These thing's are as cut and dried as many people seem to need to make it. I doubt this kid woke up one day and decided "I'm going to take a bunch of drugs then go rob a steak shop!". He's troubled. Do we want to live in a society where we try and help these people? If we send the message to this guy that he's worthless (or 'scum' then don't be surprised if he starts to believe it and doesn't see the benefit or possibility of curing his problem and reaching his potential. Maybe he started taking drugs because his parents gave him the impression he was worthless. There are plenty of grown men and women in this country who commited worse crimes when they were 23 and now are clean and upstanding members of society. Some of them even try and use their experiences to help guy's like this.
Monica March 01, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Wendy, how do you know he is out?
Jeff Sarne March 01, 2013 at 07:27 AM
RE: MARY G. Your brother is a scumbag. It's Debbies and everyone else's right to assert that. They don't have to have dealt within their family to have an opinion how this garbage is affecting their families now. Trash. You didn't care about your brother enough when he first started with drugs to get him to not turn toward them, you don't get to say after years of looking the other way, that at some point in time you decided it was on him to hit bottom. That's a load of horse. If your family is so respectable, it would have never came to this. If he wants to use drugs and wreck his life in any way possible, that's fine, get a job and buy as much as he wants, you too if you're so inclined, but when your habit or addiction affects others as his has, people have the right to be disgusted with him and they don't want to hear that he's sick. He's a criminal 100% and likely a "junkie"
Jeff Sarne March 01, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Wrong. He'll get probation upon completion of rehab.
Jeff Sarne March 01, 2013 at 07:32 AM
You act like the store owners having to foot the bill for the damage, or loss of items doesn't make them a victim as if they owe your dirtbag family something. Absolute garbage. Someone needs to post your mug on here so we can look out for you as I'm certain you see no problem with breaking into my car so long as I'm not in it.
Jeff Sarne March 01, 2013 at 07:35 AM
RE MARY G: Mary continuously tries to insult your intelligence towards trivialities such as vocabulary meanings yet consistently misuses "your" and "you're". It's like someone calling another "dum" (sic)
Jeff Sarne March 01, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Why wouldn't he be out people? He has a trial and is only accused, not yet convicted of anything. He'll have a day in court within 180 days. At such a time, he'll plea his way into drug rehab with probation to follow, guaranteed, and pay restitution to those that put in for it. Seriously what more do you people want?
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 12:30 PM
The good thing is this guy's picture was posted on The Patch. He's easily recognizable. I can assure you if I see him anywhere in the vicinity of my street and he's acting suspicious, I will call the police!
wendy March 01, 2013 at 12:48 PM
He has confessed to all the burglaries and has been assigned a public defender. Which we, the taxpaying owners of one of the burglarized businesses, will be paying for. This guy has no job, pays no taxes but is entitled to all that taxpayers provide. If you choose this way of life, (and it is a lifestyle choice not a disease,) finance it yourself rather than steal from people who work hard and put in an HONEST day. To those who have been supportive of those negatively affected by this drug addict/thief, there are so many of you, the neighborhood has been overwhelmingly supportive, we have the very best customers, we thank you very much. To those who are sympathetic to this idiot, you are in an overwhelming minority, get your priorities straight, you could easily be the next victim. Would you be sympathetic towards him if he broke into your business/car/home? @Monica-You can see him. He's out walking the streets. No surprise, we expected it, thats how the system works, these people have rights.
Debbie Thomas March 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Exactly! I find it disgusting that he's out on the street right after getting arrested. As I said in a previous post, he should spend at least 3 years in jail. The justice system is a joke!
wendy March 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM
@Mary G.-We are very worried about our business and the neighborhood. You are very angry, so are we. We absolutely are a victim. How dare you say we are not. Get your brother help. He and his type are dragging the neighborhood down, making things very difficult for the decent, caring families who are trying to hold the area together. You speak of decency, God, and respect? Maybe you should be preaching to your brother. What he did was not decent, Christian, or respectful. The overwhelming majority of the area has been so supportive of us, we are so thankful for our awesome customers!
David March 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
If only there was some volunteer (you can't force them w/o a trial) program that the criminals could enter into to serve the community BETWEEN initial hearing and scentencing.. Clean-up. public service. Not saying as a final penalty. Jail/rehab seems more suitable. Something where this guy could immediately begin to repay his debt to society and his victims. PLUS make him take a drug test as soon as he enters the courtroom. See if he's gotten clean. What the hell is this guy going to be spending his days between now and his scentencing? or.. Make him wear a sandwich-board that say's "I steal for drugs" and stand at Ridge and Leverington. Public shame can be a powerful motivator. Who knows? Just tossin out ideas. We all know the revolving door crap needs to stop. Writing these people off.. labelling them as 'scum'. Locking them in prisons where drugs are readily available (yes, it's sadly true). It's not going to stop the problem. The prison system is a joke.. Not just the revolving door aspect. They're run by for-profit corporations who make more money when the criminals return. They're not interested in rehabilitating the prisoners. Fewer criminals means fewer government contract$ for them. Prison population is up 500% since the 1970s. We need to ask ourselves why that is.
J. March 01, 2013 at 02:15 PM
What's sad for the neighborhood is that they let this dirt bag out of jail and he will be back stealing anything he can as he does everyday. The goverment will give him food stamps and welfare payments, medical care, etc while he is out and about doing what he does everyday of the week. What a total loser. I think he was let out of jail not to long ago before he was arrested again. God only knows how many other business', cars, houses etc he broke into before he was caught this last time. Statistics show for every burglary a burglar is arrested for there are at least ten more burglaries that the burglar got away with. How's his juvenile record look? That's all top secret. "The good thing is this guy's picture was posted on The Patch. He's easily recognizable. "I can assure you if I see him anywhere in the vicinity of my street and he's acting suspicious, I will call the police!" Good advice because he is always acting suspicious because he is always looking for something to steal. He is worse then a scumbag and I think to call him a scumbag is an insult to scumbags all over the world because this punk is worse then a scumbag.
Monica March 01, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Wendy, I assumed that bail would be set that he would be unable to pay. Did u really see him?
wendy March 01, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I don't think there is bail for a small, nonviolent crime. I haven't actually seen him but a lot of our customers have. He lives a few blocks away, lived here all his life, hus brother ran for public office, everyone knows him and his family. He had no priors, no reason to set bail.
Debbie March 10, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Well I have to say I agree both with Mary and everyone else to a extent. Not saying what Michael did was right. But family's read these comments, and his family is just as much a victim as any place He may have broke into. And reading your posts is just salt on the wounds. Everyone has a reason leading up to there problem. Don't judge unless you personally know him.
Duke March 10, 2013 at 02:00 PM
We can only hope that this criminal is fully prosecuted to the full extent of the law and that the victim's pursue the prosecutuion of the felon and do not succumb to the dreaded Stockholm syndrome, a psychological phenomenon in which victims of crimes express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings for the criminals sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the damage, grief and problems the felon caused the victim to suffer. No empathy and sympathy here for the felon.
Duke March 10, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Good advice for all.
RoxGuy March 10, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Fact: This guy steals for drugs. He has stolen for drugs in the past and will continue to do so until (A) he goes to jail (B) he ODs or is killed, or (C) his FAMILY grows a pair and confronts his drug problem head on - it's quite obvious that this guy has surrounded himself with a network of enablers that tip toe around his problems. His family needs to stop making excuses for him and fixing his legal problems.
wendy March 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
This young man has had dependency issues for quite some time, he quit Saul High School and has been on a downward spiral ever since, there have been many opportunities in the meantime for rehab. His brother ran unsuccessfully for public office, he should make the appropriate changes in his own home before he tries to make positive changes elsewhere. We do not feel at all badly about any consequences that this guy may have to face. Those who have sympathy for him are in a very small minority, this neighborhood is sick of these types bringing the area down.
Duke March 10, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I agree with you that those who have sympathy for him are in a very small minority and that this neighborhood is sick of these types bringing the area down. Good for you. I am glad you are standing up for your rights and pursuing this matter through the courts. By doing so you are protecting not only yourself but also the many honest business people and residents who live and work in our area. I hope that you and your employee's were not cut by any broken glass that the burglar left as he broke into your restaurant. I know how easy it is to cut yourself cleaning up broken glass no matter how many precautions a person takes or how careful they are. God only knows how many crimes he committed before he was finally caught. It was great news to hear that the Police arrested him.
Jere Kane March 15, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Nick Alesi April 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM
My name is Nick Alesi I just recently buried my best childhood friend over drug addiction. My friend robbed and stole to get what he needed and not what he wanted because what he wanted was to raise his family tge best he could and let me tell you he was a great friend, husband, son and most of all father. I sat there while he cried and when he lied not because he wanted too because in his mind he had too. He certainly did not want to make his family and friends lose apart of themselves because he needed to get high and he certainly did not want his children to grow up without a father. The man I knew would give his life for all of these things but the reality is that drug addiction is a sickness that over takes any feeling of self control over. For tge people out there that say this young man should rot in jail for the rest of his life, come tell me that when someone close to you is in the same state of mine and you have to watch them go to jail or even worse bury them. Tell me that your brother, sister, son, daughter, mother,father,friend deserves that over a sickness that is one of the hardest to beat because let me tell you something one day you probally will. In not saying a person is not responsible for there actions. In just saying that when you truly love the person that it is happening too. You will have a different state of mind and you won't be as ignorant as tge comments that I am seeing by these ignorant people. Love defeats all. God bless.
J. April 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I think the dreaded "Stockholm Syndrome" is going in this burglars favor on this thread at least from the burglars supporters. How about a little sympathy for the victims of this burglar. I don't believe he should be in prison for the rest of his life. I think 50 years would be a fair sentence. Come on, stop enabling this dirtbag as prison will do him good and the crime rate will drop in the area as long as he is incarcerated. Why not just make him the Poster Boy of the year for drug addicts for the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch.
Nick Alesi April 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Is there not sympathy for the people who were burglarized? No one is stating that crime is ok. I'm just saying that a lot of people on here are saying harsh things about a person who needs help and not to be judge any more then he already has. The only way to help your community is to help the people that need it. Not to talk down on them and persecute them for making a mistake. You all talk about God but you all are casting the stone. You bitch and complain about how your neighborhood is going to shit but by your words you are part of the problem. On top of it most of you hide your names like the cowards that you are. Let me guess no one in your families have ever committed a crime? No one in your families have been addicted to drugs? No one in your families have sinned either right? Your all full of shit
J. April 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Nick, you have the exact same writing style and sentiments as Mary G. You both seem to be trying to sell what a great guy the serial burglar is. With all due respect you both seem to display some anger towards the posters who disagree with your philosophy of coddiling criminals. You ended your last post with the words: "Your full of sh&@" which apparently was directed at the community at large. Then in your post before that you ended with: " Love defeats all. God bless." LOL
Nick Alesi April 18, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Well shucks J I may not have the great grammar like you. You must be highly intelligent because you have mentioned the "Stockholm syndrome" around 6 times. Love does defeat all and i do wish everyone a blessed day but it doesn't mean your not full of shit J. I did not direct it to the community. I directed to the members of the community that agree with you J and say nasty things and want to punish someone for the rest of there lives for committing a robbery. You obviously don't understand the cycle that some of these people go through. Maybe if you had someone you love and I mean really love go through it you would have a little more sympathy. I don't wish that on no one. It is horrible. God Bless J.
Alawishes J. Kornberg October 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I'm not commenting on the defendant's arrest. But it seems by the time the Court makes a finale disposition on the case, the case will be ten years older then the Magna Carta.


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