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Cops Hunt Suspects In Third Guitar Center Robbery

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for three men and one woman who stole a guitar and a computer from a Long Island City Guitar Center store on December 21, the same store that was hit by thieves two other times since last October.

Cops said the thieves made off with an Apple computer and a guitar in the latest robbery. The suspects entered the store and walked away with the goods while employees were distracted with customers during the pre-Christmas rush, a law enforcement source said.

The woman is described as a black female in her mid-20s, about 5-feet, 5-inches tall. Her accomplices are described as black males, one about 45-years old, about 220 pounds. He was wearing a black and white striped knit hat at the time of the robbery, police said.

The two other suspects are described as black males, one about 30-years-old and wearing a black hoodie at the time of the robbery.

Police arrested a 32-year-old Astoria man in December, who was charged with stealing a guitar valued at more than $4,000 from the music outlet on October 18.

Cops said Steven Proios, 32, strolled into a Guitar Center Outlet store on 48th Street near Northern Boulevard at about 3:50 p.m. on October 18 where he removed the custom Gibson guitar valued at $4,650 from a display stand, stuffed it under his shirt and walked away with the instrument.

Proios, who was captured on store surveillance stealing the guitar, was arrested on December 1 and charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. He was also held on prior bail-jumping charge, police said.

The guitar theft was the second reported robbery at the Long Island City Guitar Center store in October, police said.

Cops said the first robbery occurred at about 3 p.m. on October 2, when a man entered the Guitar Center outlet, grabbed a Roland Electric Drum Kit module and walked out of the store unnoticed by employees.

Police said store staffers were apparently not paying attention when the man fled with the drum kit.

Police are still searching for that suspect, described as a black male in his 30s, about 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 270 pounds. He was wearing a striped, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a gray woolen hat at the time of the robbery.

Police are urging anyone with information on the October 2 or December 21 robberies to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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