2016-07-27 / Front Page

Hunt Auto Break-In Thieves

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for two thieves who broke into a vehicle in East Elmhurst and used the owner’s credit cards to make purchases at a local pharmacy.

Cops said the 40-year-old motorist parked his car near the corner of 77th Street and Ditmars Boulevard at about 5 a.m. on June 14.

The thieves approached the vehicle a short while later and broke in, making off with the man’s wallet, cash, credit cards and other personal items, police said.

The suspects then headed to a CVS Pharmacy on Ditmars Boulevard, where they used the credit cards to purchase several items, police said.

Police are urging motorists not to leave valuables in clear sight inside parked vehicles – even vehicles parked in private driveways. “Thieves scout neighborhoods looking for items left behind in cars,” police officials said. “Don’t set yourself up to become a victim,” they said. “Remove all valuables from your car before walking away.”.

One of the suspects is described as a Hispanic or white male, with short, dark hair, heavy eyebrows and a small moustache. He was wearing a black-and-tan shirt and gray shorts at the time of the break-in, police said.

The second suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a white shirt wrapped around his head, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


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