2018-03-14 / Front Page

Suspects Wanted In Five Gas Station Robberies

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for a brazen thief who pulled off a string of five gas station robberies in Queens since February 17.

Cops said the man first attempted a robbery at a Sunoco Station at 88-20 Astoria Boulevard on February 17, but fled empty-handed.

The suspect and an accomplice pulled into the gas station in a silver BMWM3 at about 2:55 a.m. on February 17, where the suspect exited the car, pointed a gun at a station attendant and demanded cash, police said.  When the attendant turned and ran from the gunman, the pair took off east on Astoria Boulevard, police said.

A lone suspect struck next at a Gulf Station at 111-06 Van Wyck Expressway at about 3 a.m. on March 5, police said. The suspect exited a dark-colored sedan, pointed a weapon at the station attendant and demanded cash, police said. The attendant handed over $40 cash to the gunman who fled south on the Van Wyck service road.

Later that night, the lone suspect drove into a Gulf station in Jamaica in a dark-colored sedan and demanded cash at gunpoint from a 64-year-old male employee. The suspect grabbed $350 cash from a register and took $100 and a cell phone from the worker, and then fled south on Rockaway Boulevard.

The suspect struck for a fourth time at about 1:20 a.m. on March 6 at a Gastrac gas station at 50-35 Northern Boulevard in Woodside, where he threatened a 54-year-old employee at gunpoint, police said. The suspect followed the employee into a kiosk and demanded cash, then fled east on Northern Boulevard with $300 from a register, police said.

The man struck last at about 1:55 a.m. on March 8, at a Gulf station at 94-03 Corona Avenue in Corona, where he approached a 49-year-old worker and asked the price of antifreeze, police said. He then pulled a gun on the worker and made off with $400 cash, fleeing on foot, south on 94th Street.

The gunman and his accomplice are both described as male Hispanic, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall and 170 pounds.

The man driving the BMW during the February 17 robbery was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and dark gray pants, according to police.

The gunman was wearing a dark blue hoodie, tan pants and brown boots at the time of the February 17 robbery, police said.

Police said it is unclear which of the two men pulled off the March 5, March 6 and March 8 gunpoint robberies.

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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