Police from two Queens precincts are looking for at least two men who targeted pharmacies and other commercial establishments in a series of burglaries last month, according to the NYPD.
The first incident occurred on the night of Monday, Aug. 7, in the confines of the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills when one of the suspects entered the Quick Health Drug Store located at 104-12 Metropolitan Ave. just before 7 p.m. after cutting the lock on the front basement gate. Once inside, the crook removed narcotics from a locked drawer and fled the scene in a white BMW driven by his accomplice with property valued at around $690, police said. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The man tried to break into another drug store the following morning over in the 104th Precinct when he attempted to enter the Family Pharmacy at 67-02 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale while his partner waited in the getaway car.
Just before 4:30 a.m., the thief began cutting the lock on the basement cellar gate, but he couldn’t gain access and left the scene on foot empty-handed, according to authorities.
About a half hour later he entered the Eagle Pharmacy at 64-02 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth by damaging the cellar doors and forcibly attempting to gain access but gave up and ran off on foot to 64th Street, where he jumped into the white BMW and drove off, police said.
The two men stuck again on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 14, when they broke a lock to the front storm door of a commercial establishment at 63-03 Dry Harbor Rd. Once inside they removed a Chase bank checkbook before driving off in the white BMW.
Through Sept. 3, the 104th Precinct reported 130 burglaries so far in 2023, 55 fewer cases than the 185 reported at the same point last year, according to the most recent CompStat report, a drop of nearly 30%.
The NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspects on Sept. 8.
One wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, while the second man was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.