Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection to 17 robberies across Queens and Brooklyn.
According to law enforcement sources, the unidentified male suspects allegedly hit several commercial establishments within the 69th, 73rd, 102nd, 107th, 108th and 111th precincts from October to December.
In each of the incidents, one of the suspects acted as a lookout while the other broke into the establishments and stole thousands from safes, drawers, registers and ATMs, law enforcement said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:11 a.m., it was reported that an unidentified man entered through the roof of a deli at 213-22 48th Ave. in Bayside. He allegedly removed $900 in cash, $3,500 in MetroCards, $2,550 worth of electronic smoking devices and $2,400 in cigarettes and fled on foot.
Two days later on Oct. 25 at 2 a.m., the same suspects went into a commercial establishment at 92-09 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. After entering through the rear of the building, it was reported that the male suspect removed $200 from the counter and an “unidentified amount of cash” from an ATM before fleeing.
On Oct. 27 at about 3 a.m., police reported that an unidentified male entered a Woodside deli at 50-02 69th St. He allegedly came through the deli’s ceiling and got away with $2,500 worth of MetroCards and $4,000 in cash from a drawer under the counter.
The next four robberies happened on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven over a week-and-a-half timespan.
On Monday, Oct. 29, at 9:45 p.m., police reported that a man entered a pizzeria at 75-19 Jamaica Ave. through the rear door. Upon entering, he stole $50 and quickly fled. Nearly a week later on Nov. 4 at 1:30 a.m., the thief hit up a dry cleaner at 79-03 Jamaica Ave. He allegedly went through the rear door and took $4,700 from the cash registers as well as an unknown amount of cash from the ATM before fleeing.
The next night, on Nov. 5 at 10 p.m., the man reportedly entered through the rear of a laundromat at 90-13 Jamaica Ave. He allegedly fled with $6,490 from the drawer and an unknown amount of cash from the ATM.
Ten days later, the robber struck again, this time at a Woodhaven bar. Police said that on Nov. 15 at 1:30 a.m., the suspect went in through the rear of 88-09 Jamaica Ave. He then proceeded to remove $1,510 from the cash registers and fled the scene.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 p.m., police reported that the male suspect entered a commercial establishment at 176-37 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows. The man allegedly went in through the roof and removed $300 and $3,100 from the ATM before he fled.
The suspect returned to Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven just days later. Law enforcement sources reported that on Nov. 22 at 4:15 a.m., the man entered a discount store at 78-15 Jamaica Ave. He went in through the roof and fled with $1,600 from the cash register and an unknown amount from the ATM.
On Nov. 25 at 10 p.m., the man allegedly entered through the door of a grocery store at 95-14 Jamaica Ave. Police said that he removed $4,000 in cash and fled.
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, police reported that the suspect robbed three establishments in Brooklyn in much the same way.
Then, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2 a.m., police said the man returned to Queens and broke into a Kew Gardens Hills pizzeria at 141-25 Jewel Ave. He entered through the roof of the location and allegedly fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the register and ATM.
On Dec. 16 at 8:30 p.m., law enforcement sources said that the man entered through the rear of a grocery store at 93-09 101 Ave. in Ozone Park. The thief stole a total of $5,700 from the cash register and ATM and fled.
On Dec. 20 and 27 at 10:30 p.m., the suspect hit up two separate Woodhaven establishments on Jamaica Avenue. During the first incident, the man allegedly entered through the side door of a commercial establishment at 76-01 Jamaica Ave. He took a combined $2,700 from the register and ATM.
During the second incident, police said that the man went into a restaurant at 97-17 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. Upon entering through the rear door, the suspect removed $100 from the register and a tablet before fleeing.
Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.