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Police are looking for a duo in Astoria and Long Island City who used a disguised phone number so they could call in order for food deliveries and then rob the delivery man when he arrived.

According to police, on July 6 at 11:19 p.m., a 38-year-old man was making a food delivery at 33-21 13th St. in Astoria. While outside the address, an unknown man approached the man from behind and choked him. During this time, another unknown man stole $2,000 from the victim’s pocket and fled the scene.

Almost two weeks later, at 11:30 p.m. on July 18, a 51-year-old man was making a food delivery at 11-52 30th Rd. in Astoria. When he arrived, a suspect came up from behind the man, choked him and stole his iPhone and $150 before fleeing.

The third incident took place on Aug. 3. At 9:34 that evening a 46-year-old man was making a food delivery at 38-59 9th St. in Long Island City. While standing outside of the residence, one suspect approached the man from behind and choked him while the second suspect took $400 and 2 credit cards from the victim’s pockets before fleeing the scene.

Police have released video of the suspects following the third incident:

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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