Gunman holds up South Ozone Park liquor store before speeding off in dark pickup truck: NYPD

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Cops are looking for this suspect, who allegedly robbed a South Ozone Park liquor shop at gunpoint before driving away in a dark Ford pickup truck.
Photos courtesy of the NYPD

A worker at a South Ozone Park liquor store was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight last month with the suspect making his getaway in a pickup truck and remains at large, according to the NYPD.

Police from the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park reported that the gunman walked into the Ozone Park Wines & Liquor shop at 124-04 Rockaway Blvd. just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 and pulled out a firearm and threatened the employee behind the counter and demanded cash.

When the worker hesitated, the perpetrator allegedly removed $1,500 in cash from the register and fled the location in a dark-colored Ford pickup truck, police said.

The suspect escaped in this Ford pickup truck. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

The victim did not get a license plate but the pickup truck was missing a front driver’s side hub cap. It was last seen driving eastbound on Sutter Avenue toward the Van Wyck Expressway. The store worker was not injured during the heist.

The NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspect and his vehicle and described him as having a dark complexion with a medium build. He was wearing a blue hooded winter jacket with a white stripe across the chest, black sweatpants with white stripes down the legs, and a dark winter ski cap.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through Feb. 4, the 106th Precinct has reported 21 robberies so far in 2024, 4 more than the 17 reported at the same point last year, an increase of 23.5%, according to the most recent CompStat report.