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The individual pictured is wanted in connection with a spree of armed robberies.

A pair of suspects who tied up and robbed victims inside of a Maspeth deli last week have been linked to a series of violent heists throughout Queens and Brooklyn, according to police.

The Maspeth heist was the 10th incident on a list that involves seven different precincts, and the crooks have gotten away with nearly $17,000 in cash and many other valuables in the past two months.

The pattern began on Jan. 6 with the most violent of the suspects’ crimes. They reportedly entered a laundromat on Coney Island Avenue near Avenue V in the 62nd Precinct at approximately 5:07 a.m. and displayed a firearm. The suspects tied up the individual inside and struck him with the firearm, then stole $200 from the cash register and fled the scene, police said.

EMS responded and transported the victim to an area hospital for a laceration on the head.

On the same day at approximately 5:47 a.m. the individuals entered a deli within the 62nd Precinct on Kings Highway near E Ninth Street brandishing firearms. They forced two employees to the back of the deli where one perpetrator watched over them while the other removed $1,500 from the cash registers, authorities said.

Nearly a week later, the thieves struck again in the 62nd precinct on Jan. 12 when they entered a grocery store located at Kings Highway near W Second Street at approximately 9 a.m. They proceeded to pull out a firearm and punch a 41-year-old male employee before tying his hands up with packing tape. The suspects removed $700 in cash from the register along with multiple cartons of cigarettes, according to police.

On Jan. 16, the suspects traveled to the other side of the city for their next heist in the 105th Precinct. They entered a deli on Hillside Avenue near 212th Place at approximately 5:45 a.m. and proceeded to tie a 41-year-old male victim to a chair using duct tape while displaying a firearm. The suspects removed a laptop, an iPhone 7, cigars and a vapor pipe from the location, police said.

The individuals returned to Brooklyn to rob a a deli two days later on Jan. 18 in the 70th Precinct. At approximately 10:57 they entered the location on Coney Island Avenue near Hinckley Place and stole $410 and four cellphones, authorities said.

The next day, the suspects made their largest cash grab on Jan. 19 when they robbed a grocery store on Neptune Avenue near W Fifth Street within the 61st Precinct. At approximately 1:13 a.m. they entered the location, displayed at least one firearm and got away with $5,570 and an iPhone 6, according to police.

More than three weeks went by before the suspects reportedly struck again in Queens within the 107th Precinct. On Feb. 12 at approximately 4:49 a.m. the suspects entered a deli located on Hillside Avenue near Wexford Terrace and displayed a firearm and tied one of the victims’ wrists with duct tape. They then stole $3,205, tobacco and a debit card from the establishment and from a second victim, police said.

A week later the crooks were back in the 61st Precinct on Feb. 19 to hold up a corner store on McDonald Avenue near Avenue U. At approximately 4 a.m. the suspects entered the location, displayed a firearm and bound four victims with zip ties, then removed $3,690, at least one iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy cellphone, an LG phone, cigarettes, Advil and condoms, authorities said.

On Feb. 25 the individuals returned to Queens to strike a Dollar General on 14th Avenue within the 109th Precinct. They entered the store at approximately 8:27 a.m., displayed a firearm and locked two victims in a back room while taking a third to open the cash registers and a safe. The suspects stole $1,000, two store merchandise scanners, a landline phone and a Samsung Galaxy cellphone, police said.

Finally, the Maspeth incident was the last in the spree so far. On March 1 at approximately 5:48 a.m., the individuals entered the deli on Grand Avenue near 71st Street within the 104th Precinct and displayed a firearm. They tied up at least three victims with zip ties; removed lottery tickets and an unknown amount of cash from the register; stole an LG phone and wallet from the first victim; stole a credit card from the second victim; took an iPhone, wallet, credit card, Metrocard and $350 in cash from the third victim; and stole a credit card, debit card and $350 in cash from the fourth victim, according to police.

The video below released by the NYPD depicts the two suspects.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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