Flushing hotel robber checks out on Christmas Eve with stolen cash: cops

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Police released a picture on Jan. 4 of a man who stole cash from a Flushing hotel on Christmas Eve.

At 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 24, law enforcement sources said, the unidentified male suspect entered the Flushing Motel, located at 34-50 Linden Place, and asked the 21-year-old male clerk at the front desk if there were any available rooms. The perpetrator then left the motel and returned moments later with a suitcase, asking that it be stored in the back.

Following the exchange, police stated, the suspect then simulated a gun by having his hand in his coat pocket and demanded cash from the employee. The employee complied, handing over $580. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident, which was reported to the 109th Precinct.

The NYPD described the suspect as a black man who was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded jacket with a black hat underneath, a scarf covering his face, and light colored pants. He was also seen carrying a suitcase.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-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.

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