2016-01-27 / Front Page

Cops Eye One Suspect In Bodega Robberies

Queens detectives are searching for a man who they believe may be the suspect in the robbery of two local bodegas.

Detectives are trying to determine if the same man is responsible for the January 16 robbery of an Astoria bodega and a January 18 holdup at a Woodside bodega, police said.

Cops said the suspect was captured on surveillance video when he walked into the bodega at 27-19 27th Street in Astoria at about 11:10 p.m. on January 16, where he jumped behind a counter and tried to open a cash register.

When the suspect was unable to open the register, he pulled what appeared to be a weapon inside a paper bag and forced a clerk to open the cash machine, police said.

The terrified clerk complied and the suspect fled with the register drawer that contained an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male, approximately 6-feet-tall and 185 pounds. The man had a brown T-shirt wrapped around his head at the time of the holdup, police said. He was wearing a dark colored, hooded jacket, black jeans and black sneakers.

Police are trying to determine if the same suspect walked into a bodega at 54-03 Northern Boulevard at about 8:40 p.m. on January 18.

Surveillance footage at the Woodside bodega shows the suspect jumping over a store counter and demanding cash from an employee, police said.

The suspect, who flashed what appeared to be a weapon wrapped in a bag, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the store clerk and fled westbound on 54th Street, police said.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male, approximately 25-years-old and 5-feet, 8-inches tall. He was wearing a black facemask, a gray T-shirt wrapped around his neck, a black hooded jacket, gray sweatpants and brown boots at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information on the suspect in either of the robberies is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.lcom.

 

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