Laundromat Bandit Cleans Up

Swiped Cash From Female Customers

The armed bandit who made off with a bundle of cash from women at three laundromats in Corona and East Elmhurst which he robbed on three consecutive days last week remains at large as of press time, police reported.

The suspect wanted for three robberies at laundromats in Corona and East Elmhurst last week.

Law enforcement sources described the perpetrator as a Hispanic male in his 20s. In two of the incidents, police noted, the crook brandished a firearm.

Reportedly, the first caper took place at around 2:30 p.m. last Sunday, June 24, at a laundromat located at 94-23 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst.

According to police, the suspect entered the location and approached a 56-year-old woman; he then demanded cash from the victim and claimed to be armed with a gun.

Once the suspect received an undisclosed amount of money from the victim, authorities noted, he fled from the scene on foot.

Early the next morning, law enforcement sources said, the bandit paid a visit to another laundromat at 37-24 103rd St. in Corona at around 2:55 a.m. last Monday, June 25.

Brandishing a gun, police noted, the suspect approached and demanded cash from a 55-year-old woman. The victim reportedly handed the suspect an undisclosed sum of currency.

Finally, authorities said, the suspect made an early morning stop at a laundromat at 101-02 37th Ave. in Corona at around 6:15 a.m. and robbed a 41-year-old woman at gunpoint.

Each of the robberies was reported to the 115th Precinct. There were no injuries.

The case has been presented to the 115th Precinct Detective Squad for further investigation, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the robbery pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call the 115th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718- 533-2039 or Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (enter details, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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