Gun-toting bandit tried robbing three gas stations across south Queens this month, cops say

A gunman who robbed this St. Albans gas station early on Friday morning has been linked to two similar robbery attempts in south Queens this month.
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A gunman who looked to fill up on cash from three south Queens service stations this month remains on the lam, according to police.

The most recent robbery attempt took place at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, when the crook came calling to the 76 gas station located at 108-46 Merrick Blvd. in St. Albans.

Police said the crook — described as a man standing 6 feet tall wearing black jeans, sneakers, gloves and a ski mask — walked into the station, displayed a firearm and demanded cash from the employee. After the worker refused to comply with the request, the suspect abruptly fled in an unknown direction.

Detectives said the suspect successfully robbed the BP gas station located at 117-01 Springfield Blvd. in Cambria Heights at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. The bandit displayed a silver firearm at a 38-year-old female employee and demanded money. He would walk out of the station with $4,000 in cash.

Five days later, the suspect failed in his bid to rob the BP station located at 105-15 Merrick Blvd. in St. Albans at 5 a.m. on Sept. 9. He reportedly walked out of the station empty-handed after the employee he confronted refused to comply with his demands.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts 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.