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Suspect wanted in Queens mini-mart armed robberies

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Cops are looking for a suspect who held up two gas station mini-marts in Queens this month.

The first robbery occurred at a Mobil gas station on Elliot Avenue, near 69th Street in Middle Village on Oct. 4. Police said the suspect entered the station’s mini-mart at about 7:35 p.m., brandished a gun and demanded money from a store employee. The suspect then fled with $800.

Three days later, the same suspect allegedly robbed a CITGO mini-mart on 101st Avenue near Rockaway Boulevard at gunpoint. An employee at the Ozone Park business handed over the cash and the suspect left with $3,000 around 10:00 p.m.

Police have released a photo of the suspect from the Oct. 4 robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


MTA bus driver allegedly attacks Flushing gas station worker over lottery ticket

| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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An off-duty MTA bus driver attacked a gas station worker during a dispute over a missing lottery ticket in Flushing, authorities said.

Louis Cintron, 44, allegedly punched the worker in the nose during the argument at the station at Horace Harding Expressway and Lawrence Street on Thursday morning.

According to DNAinfo, Cintron unknowingly dropped one of his lottery tickets and demanded a refund or replacement ticket from the worker.

But the worker refused and Cintron allegedly grabbed him and punched him.

Cintron was charged with assault and harassment, according to police.



Man pulls gun on gas line; looting in Far Rockaway

| mchan@queenscourier.com

The city’s fight for fuel and pursuit of resources has led to the arrest of one St. Albans man, who allegedly whipped out a gun to cut a long gas line, and the collaring of several looters in the Rockaways, authorities said.

Sean Bailey, 35, was cuffed shortly after he pointed a pistol at a driver who complained when he zipped ahead in his white 2010 BMW to the front of a lengthy line for gas at a station located at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 43rd Street on Thursday, November 1, said the district attorney.

“If you don’t pull back, you’re not getting gas tonight,” Bailey allegedly said to a 29-year-old motorist during the early morning dispute, according to a criminal complaint.

Cops later found a loaded .25 caliber Phoenix Raven pistol in Bailey’s left boot at the ankle after his arrest at around 3 a.m., officials said.

He is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, the district attorney said.

Fifteen individuals have also been charged with burglarizing and looting various Far Rockaway businesses — including liquor, clothing stores and a Radio Shack — post superstorm Sandy, said the district attorney. They all face felony charges of third-degree burglary, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison, authorities said.

“As the city and many of its residents continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there were others who allegedly used the storm and the chaos that followed as cover to commit crimes,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “What they have learned is that my office and other public and law enforcement officials have a zero tolerance policy for those who would exploit a natural disaster for their own gain.”

Twin brothers from Jamaica have also been apprehended after they allegedly stole a U-Haul truck and smashed it through the gate of a Queens Village motorcycle shop located on Jamaica Avenue, said authorities.

Anthony and Sean Martin, both 24, — and an identified number of unapprehended males — allegedly waited outside the U-Haul building, located at 185-11 Merrick Boulevard, on October 30 until the facility closed down at around 7 p.m. before they went into the office and took the keys to a truck, according to a criminal complaint.

Video surveillance allegedly shows the perps later approaching New York Motorcycle, at 222-02 Jamaica Avenue, at around 12:30 a.m. and repeatedly using the truck to back up and smash into the gate until the vehicle lodged itself inside the building, the complaint said. The males then entered the shop before fleeing the scene empty-handed, the district attorney said.

The brothers were arrested approximately one hour later when driver Anthony Martin was stopped at an intersection for failing to signal a turn, said authorities. They both face charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third and fourth-degree grand larceny, possession of burglar’s tools and a seven-year prison sentence.

“As I have stated before,” said Brown, “such lawlessness will be vigorously prosecuted by my office and we will seek the appropriate punishment befitting the crime.”

Gas prices hold steady in New York City

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Gas prices have held steady over the past week as they continue their climb back toward $4.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.90, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, just one cent higher than a week ago.

Fuel has remained below $4 since the end of May. Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were paying $4.11 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.49, two cents higher than a week ago.


Gas prices speed toward $4

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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New York City gas prices continue to speed toward the $4 mark three weeks after reaching a 2012 low.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.89, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, eight cents higher than a week ago.

The cost of gas has jumped 14 cents over the past two weeks. Fuel has remained below $4 since the end of May.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were paying $4.08 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.47, seven cents higher than a week ago.


Gas prices begin to climb

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After reaching 2012 lows, gas prices have ticked up each of the last two weeks.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.81, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, six cents higher than a week ago.

New Yorkers are paying the same amount to fill up as they were a month ago, but the prices are headed in opposite direction. Last month gas was in the midst of a nearly three month decline.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.05 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.40, 2 cents higher than a week ago.


Police investigating Bayside gas station armed robbery

| tcimino@queenscourier.com

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the 111th Precinct, on Saturday, October 1 at a Dunkin Donuts/Gas station located at 219-02 Horace Harding Expressway between Bell and Springfield Boulevards. The perp allegedly entered the location at around 6:30 a.m., displayed a firearm, and demanded that cash be put into a black plastic bag before fleeing the scene. He was described by three witnesses as a male white, wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt and half a mask.

Police officials believe that the suspect is the same armed man who struck two other gas stations on Thursday, September 29.

The first of those robberies occurred at 6:30 a.m. on Horace Harding Expressway near 174th Street within the 107th Precinct. The following occurred at 8:30 a.m. at 244-05 Northern Blvd in Douglaston, within the confines of the 111th Precinct. Although witnesses described that suspect as a male black, he was allegedly dressed in the same blue hooded sweatshirt, used the same black plastic bag, and also demanded cash at gunpoint.

There were no reported injuries in connection with the robberies.

Police seek gas station robber

| tcimino@queenscourier.com

Officers of the 111th Precinct are searching for a man they say held up a gas station at 8:15 this morning.

According to a source, the unidentified armed man went into the location, at 244-05 Northern Boulevard, and demanded money from the attendant.

The cash was put in a bag and the perp, in a black mask and gloves, fled northbound on 244th Street.

ESU, Aviation and Canine units responded to the scene. Currently, the source said, they are investigating the incident and looking at video surveillance.