Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three to five suspects responsible for a string of armed robberies being committed in Queens.
The suspects are described as black males, between 5’7″ – 6′, and often wear black ski masks and black clothing.
There were no reported injuries in any of the incidents, which predominantly occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
On December 22, 2010, two robberies occurred at 111-26 Van Wyck Expressway, within the confines of the 106th Precinct. The armed suspects robbed a gas station customer then from La Quinta Hotel. One of the suspects was seen driving a silver Mercedes Benz.
On January 4, 2011, Lucky Food Mart was the next mark, located at 248-27 Union Turnpike, within the confines of the 105th Precinct. Three suspects, one armed with a gun, entered the location and robbed the store.
Three episodes occurred on January 7, 2011 throughout Queens.
The first incident involved four suspects, one armed with a gun, at Bellerose Farm Deli/Grocery located within the confines of the 105th Precinct
The second robbery occurred at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel on 145-11 North Conduit Avenue, within the confines of the 113th Precinct. Two suspects, one armed with a gun, entered the lobby, took money from the hotel cash register and robbed victims waiting for a shuttle bus.
The robbers then hit up another hotel later in the day, this time the Clarion located at 138-05 Jamaica Avenue, within the confines of the 103rd Precinct. Two suspects, one armed with a handgun, entered the location and removed cash from the register at the front desk.
The robbers made two hits on January 8. Five suspects, one armed with a gun, entered a bodega located at 224-01 Union Turnpike, within the confines of the 111 Precinct and then held up a Dunkin Donuts located at 196-03 Grand Central Parkway, within the confines of the 107th Precinct. An undetermined amount of money was removed in both instances.
Anyone with information in regards to these robberies is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.