Flushing deli targeted twice in one month by lottery-loving thief

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Police are looking for a brazen burglar who climbed into the same Flushing deli twice in one month to steal scratch-off lottery tickets and hundreds of dollars in cash.

According to authorities, the man first gained entry into the T&F Convenience store on Northern Boulevard by pushing in an air conditioner mounted in the back of the establishment on Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. Once inside, he removed $760 dollars and some scratch-off lottery tickets before fleeing.

The suspect targeted the store again on Dec. 29 at 9:30 p.m. He was able to use the same method as before to break in for the second time, and this time he was able to steal $420 and several scratch-off lottery tickets before fleeing.

A surveillance image of the suspect was captured at the nearby Main Street subway station. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Courtesy of the NYPD
Courtesy of the NYPD

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 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.