A duo wanted for a pair of deli holdups in Bath Beach and Sheepshead Bay are still on the loose, and police believe they are responsible for two more store robberies in Queens in the last two months.
A description of the suspects — the fact that one was carrying a red gun and a royal blue string bag — and the similarities between the crimes tied the men to the most recent incidents, according to the NYPD.
On September 25, at 11pm, the suspects entered a store located at 63-22 Flushing Avenue and demanded money, cops said. The clerk complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money and lottery cards.
Similarly, on October 12, at 11pm, the suspects entered the bagel store at 1609 Victory Boulevard and demanded money, according to NYPD sources. The clerk complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money.
As we’ve reported, police say two masked men — allegedly the same suspects — held up a deli at 180 Bay 35th Street at gunpoint in September, ordering the cashier onto the ground, and making off with $1,200 in cash and the employee’s iPhone. A similar incident occurred at H & F Grocery at 2811 Ocean Avenue on August 31, when cops say the bandits ordered a cashier onto the ground before taking $2,500 in cash, two cartons of Newport cigarettes, and an iPhone.
Both suspects are described as black men between 25 and 35 years old. One is about six feet tall, 190 pounds, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black cargo vest, black pants, a black du-rag, and a red mask. The other is about five feet, nine inches tall, 180 pounds, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants, a black du-rag, and a black neoprene ski mask.
Police have shared video footage of the August 31 incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.