Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two men who robbed convenience stores in Woodside and Astoria in separate armed heists.
On Jan. 16, at about 11:10 p.m., authorities said, one suspect entered a bodega at 27-19 21st St. in Astoria, jumped over the counter and demanded money from an employee. He held up a paper bag with what seemed to be a firearm, police said.
The suspect then removed the cash register drawer and fled on foot.
Police describe the perpetrator as a male with a light complexion, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 185 pounds. He was wearing a brown T-shirt wrapped around his head, a black jacket, black jeans and black sneakers.
Then at about 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 18, authorities said, a bandit entered a convenience store at 54-03 Northern Blvd. He jumped over the counter and demanded money from an employee while holding up a plastic bag with what seemed to be a firearm, police said. Once the employee complied, the suspect fled on foot going westbound on 54th Street.
Authorities describe the suspect as a male with a light complexion, approximately 25 years old and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a gray skull cap with a black face mask, a gray shirt wrapped around his neck, a black jacket with a hood, gray sweatpants and brown boots.
Though the robberies share many similarities, an NYPD spokesperson indicated that they are not being investigated as one case. He added that this might change as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). 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.