Crooks spray chemical at teenager to steal his jacket in a deal gone bad in Maspeth

These two guys allegedly robbed a 15-year-old boy for his jacket in Maspeth on March 11.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police need your help in finding two thieves who attacked a teenager in Maspeth and stole the jacket he was trying to sell last weekend.

Law enforcement sources said the incident occurred at 4 p.m. on March 11 in front of a home on Maspeth Avenue near 64th Street.

According to authorities, a 15-year-old boy put his jacket up for sale through the LetGo smartphone app, and arranged to meet up with the buyer at the location to close the deal.

When he arrived, police said, he was met by two unidentified individuals who then sprayed him with an unknown substance, then forcibly removed the jacket and fled the scene. They were last seen heading toward the intersection of 64th Street and Perry Avenue.

The incident was later reported to the 104th Precinct; the victim suffered minor injuries.

On March 16, police released security camera video of the suspects fleeing the scene.

One of the thieves was described as a white man between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 7 inches tall with curly hair who was wearing a red jacket with a gray top, a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and white sneakers. The other suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man standing between 5 foot 10 and 5 foot 11 inches tall with brown hair and a light mustache wearing a dark winter hat, a dark hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and black sneakers with white soles.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.