Pet store targeted in second Maspeth firebombing: police

Grand Avenue Pet Center
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Days after a strip club was hit with Molotov cocktails, a second Maspeth business was firebombed, but police indicated the incidents were not related.

According to authorities, Grand Avenue Pet Center, located at 73-15 Grand Ave., was the target for this second firebomb attack, which occurred at approximately 12:16 a.m. on Jan. 4. Reportedly, an unidentified person threw an incendiary device at the pet shop while it was occupied, causing damage to the building and contents.

The flames were extinguished before fire crews reached the scene, police said.

This attack took place on the heels of another incident of two Molotov cocktails being thrown at the CityScapes strip club in Maspeth on New Year’s Eve, the day after New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg after leaving the club.

Police do not believe these two firebomb attacks to be related and investigations are ongoing for both cases.

“I am deeply disturbed by the recent incidents involving Molotov cocktails being thrown at businesses in my district,” said City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. “I understand that the NYPD does not believe the incidents are related and know that they are working diligently to bring the perpetrators to justice. I am equally troubled by the recent events at CityScapes and I believe this type of establishment does not fit the character of Maspeth and should close its doors.”

Anyone with information about the attacks is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.