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He cared enough to steal the very best.

Cops are searching for a thief who swiped more than $10,000 worth of watches from a Hallmark store in Whitestone.


The NYPD released on Wednesday, Oct. 5, images of the suspect who pilfered the gift and card shop located at 153-75 Cross Island Pkwy. at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 28.

After entering the store, authorities said, the crook walked behind the counter and removed a key. He then opened a watch display case, removed 30 watches, placed them in a black backpack and walked out. The theft was later reported to the 109th Precinct.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male standing 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with a medium complexion and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue baseball cap, a plaid shirt and blue jeans carrying a black backpack.

Photos of the suspect can be seen below.

Photos provided by NYPD

Photos provided by NYPD

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish speakers, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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