Armed bandits steal cash and lottery tickets during late-night trip to Woodside 7-Eleven store

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Police need your help in tracking down the suspects who struck a jackpot while robbing a Woodside convenience store earlier this week.

Authorities said the caper took place at 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 17 inside the 7-Eleven shop at 61-19 Northern Blvd.

According to law enforcement sources, the perpetrators — both wearing clothing over their faces — walked into the shop and confronted a 46-year-old male employee. One of the crooks displayed a handgun and ordered the clerk to lie on the floor.

The other robber then forced a 34-year-old male worker to open a cash register. Police said the crook grabbed $300 in cash from the register, then forced that worker to lie down.

Authorities said the bandits then went through the employees’ pockets, stealing the 34-year-old man’s cellphone and $40 in cash. They also grabbed lottery tickets, cigarettes and lighters from behind the counter before fleeing the scene.

Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to the robbery; neither victim was injured.

Police said the unidentified male suspects wore blue coveralls, sunglasses and blue gloves. One perpetrator wore a baseball cap and covered his face with a scarf, while his cohort wore a black mask over his head and face.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). Information may also be sent to the Crime Stoppers website or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577.

All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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