Cops seek man behind string of corner store robberies in northwest Queens

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Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed at least four corner stores in northwest Queens this month.

The robberies began on Wednesday, April 7, around 9:30 p.m., when an unidentified man walked into an Elmhurst bodega located at 91-24 Corona Ave., according to the NYPD.

A 31-year-old man working behind the counter told police that the man took out a box cutter and demanded money. Making his way to the register, the thief took around $1,000 in cash and then fled in an unknown direction.

A few days later, on Saturday, April 10, around 10 p.m., the man took out a box cutter inside a deli, located at 41-70 74th St., in Elmhurst, and threatened the 37-year-old man working behind the counter, according to the cops. He then reached into the register and stole around $760 in cash, police said.

Two days later, on Monday, April 12, around 9:15 p.m., the same man used a box cutter to rob an East Elmhurst corner store, located at 103-01 Astoria Blvd., according to the authorities.

A 25-year-old woman working behind the counter told police the man made off with around $1,200 and fled in an unknown direction.

No one reported any injuries as a result of the first three robberies.

On Friday, April 16, around midnight, the man walked into a Woodside deli, located at 68-10 Roosevelt Ave., took out a box cutter and demanded money from the 45-year-old store clerk, police said. He then slashed the clerk, cutting his hands, according to the police.

He then took $600 from the register and fled the shop.

The 45-year-old refused medical attention at the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

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.