Police looking for Astoria masked burglars who hit two Ditmars Boulevard businesses

Astoria Ditmars burglars
Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria are looking for three masked burglars who hit two Ditmars Boulevard businesses on the same morning. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Three masked men are being sought for two burglaries just hours apart at businesses on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria last week.

Police from the 114th Precinct are on the lookout for the trio that broke into Tasty’s Diner at 33-04 Ditmars Blvd. just before 1 a.m. on Thursday, June 16.

The three men entered through a back door and removed a cash register that contained approximately $250 in cash and assorted office equipment with a total value of $800, police said. The three suspects left the eatery through the back door.

They hit another business three hours later, breaking into a Dunkin’ one block away at 31-14 Ditmars Blvd. The three suspects gained entry through a basement door and they proceeded to remove a safe containing nearly $3,000 in cash, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance video as they walked through the kitchen at Tasty’s Diner and described the three suspects as having dark complexions and slim builds. One of them wore a black hooded sweatshirt with a black mask, black sweatpants, white sneakers and blue latex gloves. The second suspect was dressed in black with a blue mask, white gloves and gray sneakers. The third man wore a black jacket and red sweatpants with white sneakers.

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. All calls and messages are kept confidential.