2018-09-12 / Front Page

Suspects Sought In 4thGuitar Center Robbery

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for a pair of middle-age thieves who swiped a $1,000 accordion from a Long Island City Guitar Center store on August 15th, the same store that was targeted by thieves three times in the last two years.

Cops said the two men snatched the pricey Hohner accordion and an $800 Yamaha sound mixer off shelves at the store at 34-17 48th Street at about 5:30 p.m. on August 15th.

Police have released surveillance footage of the two men carrying the items from the store a short while later – in plain view of employees.

The first suspect is described as a male in his 50s, with dark balding hair. He was wearing eyeglasses, a striped blue T-shirt and blue shorts at the time of the robbery.

The second suspect is described as a male in his 50s, with dark balding hair. He was wearing a green striped button-down shirt, green shorts and white sneakers at the time of the robbery.

This isn’t the first time thieves snatched expensive equipment from the store while workers stood nearby, police said.

  • Cops said a man walked into the store on October 1, 2015, grabbed a Roland Electric Drum Kit module and walked out of the store past staffers unnoticed.
  • A 32-year-old Astoria man was charged with swiping a $4,650 Gibson guitar from the store on October 18, 2015. The man snatched the guitar off a display stand, stuffed it under his shirt and casually walked out of the store while workers stood nearby.
  • Three men and a woman made off with an Apple computer and a guitar in a December 2015 robbery at the Guitar Center store. The suspects walked away with the goods while employees were distracted with customers during the pre-Christmas rush, police said.

Company officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Police are urging anyone with information on the recent, August 15th robbery to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.






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