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Man charged in robbery of 90-year-old outside LIC supermarket

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police have arrested a suspect who is accused of grabbing a 90-year-old man outside of a Long Island City supermarket and making him drive to ATMs to withdraw money.

Wade Hairston, 28, of Astoria, has been charged with robbery, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment and harassment in the July 22 incident, cops said.

The victim was walking to his car outside of the Stop & Shop on 48th Street at about 10:45 a.m. that day when the suspect grabbed him by the neck, police said.  The suspect then told him to hand over his wallet and demanded his PIN number before forcing the victim drive to two locations, where he took out cash from ATMs.



Long Island City robber forces 90-year-old to drive to ATMs: cops

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A robber grabbed a 90-year-old man in front of a Long Island City supermarket last week and forced him to drive to two ATMs to withdraw cash, police said.

The victim was walking to his car outside of the Stop & Shop on 48th Street at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday when the suspect approached him, cops said.

The suspect grabbed the man by the neck and told him to hand over his wallet. He then demanded the victim’s PIN number and made him drive to two locations, where he took out money from ATMs, according to police.

Authorities said the suspect is in his 30s and has braids.

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Cops urge caution at Cross Bay ATMs

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Police have warned bank users on Cross Bay Boulevard to be careful the next time they go to take money out of the ATM after business hours.

Identity thieves have been using technology to hack into and empty bank accounts, police said. They have done so on at least two occasions at a bank on 156th Street and Cross Bay Boulevard. The first robbery happened about eight weeks ago, police said, with the second incident about a month later.

Police said the thieves have been placing skimming devices on door locks that require a debit card to enter the bank. All ATMs but one will then be disabled, police said, with a small camera focused on the machine’s pin pad. The thieves can then match the skimmer’s information with that of the PIN number.

ATM users are advised by police to take precautions such as covering the pin pad with their free hand when withdrawing or depositing money.

The crimes are classified as a grand larceny, police said, because of the amounts that have been taken out. A spokesperson from the 106th Precinct said the thieves have cleared out bank accounts nearly completely. Bank customers would sometimes not even notice that significant amounts had been taken out, the spokesperson said, until they received their monthly bank statements.

The identity thieves are very coordinated, police said, and will vary the areas they hit to avoid detection. Currently, police said they have surveillance video of the suspects. They are wearing hooded sweatshirts and never look directly at the camera and might be hard to identify, police said.