Police say the robbery crew entered Red Delicious Deli & Grocery just before midnight when the ringleader pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. A 22-year old store worker and his fellow employee, a 32-year-old man, complied and the robbers left with $12,000 in cash and MetroCards, police said.
The four-man crew got into a blue four-door sedan and sped from the scene eastbound on Corona Avenue, according to authorities. The two store employees were not injured during the heist.
The NYPD released surveillance images of the four suspects and their getaway car and described all four men as approximately 6 feet tall with slim builds.
One suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and white and black sneakers. The second suspect wore a black hoodie and black sweatpants with white sneakers. The third man wore a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and white and black sneakers. The fourth suspect as last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers.
A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to their arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Through Nov. 26, the 110th Precinct has reported 418 robberies so far in 2023, 42 more than the 376 reported at the same point last year, an increase of 11.2%, according to the most recent CompStat report.