2015-05-27 / Features

$2.5G For Armed Astoria Bandits

By Liz Goff
Police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a man and woman who tried to rob a bodega on 34th Avenue in Astoria.

Cops said the suspects drove up in a white Fiat to the US Brazil Bodega on 34th Avenue near 24th Street at about 4:50 a.m. on May 18, where they tried to grab cash from a store register.

Police said the man claimed to have a gun and threatened to shoot the cashier if he did not comply. No weapon was seen during the attempted heist, police said.

The cashier struggled with the man when he attempted to take the register from the counter, police said.

The worker fought off the suspect, who fled empty handed, police said. The suspects fled eastbound toward Northern Boulevard in the Fiat, surveillance footage shows.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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