Cops searching for two suspects who assaulted grocery store worker while stealing food in Astoria

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The NYPD is looking for two people who assaulted an employee at a supermarket in Astoria as they attempted to steal food from the store earlier this month.

On Friday, Aug. 7, around 3 a.m., an unidentified man and woman entered the Trade Fair, located at 22-20 36th Ave., according to police.

The woman began to take food from the store, the man stood watch, according to the cops. When the pair got outside, a 54-year-old man who worked at the Trade Fair confronted to the duo about the alleged theft and the man struck him with a broom, injuring the employee’s arm, according to the NYPD.

The man and woman then fled in an unknown direction.

The employee refused medical attention.

The man is described as having a heavy build and black hair. He was last seen wearing a gray sleeveless shirt, black shorts with white stripes, a black hat. He was carrying a blue broom at the time of the alleged burglary, according to the police.

The woman is described as having a heavy build and black hair in a bun. She was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt, black tights, black sandals, a black mask and a brown purse.

Police recovered surveillance photos of the man and woman from inside the supermarket at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects 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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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