Robber with ice pick among those sought in Astoria robberies

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

The NYPD released on Saturday images of four men wanted for a pair of separate heists that took place recently at two stores in Astoria.

In the first incident, police said, a male suspect walked into a Rite Aid pharmacy located at 47-07 Broadway on Oct. 28 at 5:10 a.m.

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The suspect removed two Craig Bluetooth speakers and another unspecified Craig Bluetooth item from the shelves. When the security guard attempted to stop him, according to authorities, the suspect pulled an ice pick from his jacket and pointed it at the guard.

The crook then exited the store with the stolen items and was last seen riding a bicycle westbound on Broadway.

Police described the perpetrator as a black male standing at 6 feet tall and weighing 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black knit hat, black leather jacket and light-colored pants.

The second incident took place on Nov. 8 at 2:50 p.m. at the A-Town grocery store located at 24-20 Ditmars Blvd.

According to authorities, the 18-year-old male victim was observed by the three unidentified male suspects while using an ATM inside of the shop. The suspects then followed the victim as he left the location and surrounded him a short distance away.

There, police said, the crooks threw him to the ground and removed from his pants pocket a wallet containing a credit card, a debit card and $1 in cash.

The suspects fled on foot; the uninjured victim managed to retain the cash that he withdrew from the ATM, which he had placed in another pants pocket separate from his wallet.

Anyone with information in regards to these robberies 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 text their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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