2016-12-28 / Front Page

Hunt Astoria Toothpaste Thief

By LIz Goff
Police are searching for a suspect who assaulted a worker and swiped 55 tubes of toothpaste from a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Astoria.

Cops said the suspect walked into the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 43-02 Ditmars Boulevard at about 9 a.m. on December 23, where he grabbed 43 tubes of Colgate and 14 tubes of Sensodyne toothpaste and headed for the exit.

The man shoved a 43-yer-old female employee to the floor when she tried to stop him from leaving th4 pharmacy with the merchandise, police said. The suspect then ran from the store and fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s, 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 185 pounds, with dark hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, dark-colored shoes and a dark-colored jacket at the time of the robbery.

The store employee was treated at the scene for minor injuries she suffered in the attack, a fire spokesperson 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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