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Bandits wanted for towing away air pumps from Queens gas stations


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Police are searching for the airheads who stole self-serve air pump machines from 17 gas stations in Queens and Brooklyn since December.

In each caper the suspects used a hook and chain attached to a vehicle to yank the coin-operated devices from their pedestals, authorities said. Each of the air pumps contained hundreds of dollars in quarters and police believe the crooks got away with more than $40,000 in change combined.

A dozen of the thefts occurred in Queens, and security cameras captured one of the incidents which occurred at 6:35 p.m. on March 21 at the Sunoco gas station located at 128-24 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.


Two men, described as white or Hispanic, were spotted in the video. Police said one of them, who was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, was observed operating a blue Honda Accord.

The other Queens air pump thefts are as follows:

  • At 4 p.m. on Dec. 29, the crooks removed an air pump containing $800 in change from the Citgo gas station located at 91-02 South Conduit Ave. in Ozone Park. They returned to the location on March 1 at 3 p.m. and stole the replacement air pump, valued at $1,000.
  • On Dec. 30, at about 10 p.m., the bandits stole an air pump containing $200 from the Getty gas station at 70-21 73rd Pl. in Glendale.
  • At 8 p.m. on Jan. 12, the suspects removed an air compressor valued at $2,500 from the BP gas station at 130-11 North Conduit Ave. in South Ozone Park. They returned twice more to this location — at 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 and again at 10 p.m. on April 1 — and removed the replacement air compressors.
  • On Jan. 13, at about 6:59 p.m., the crooks removed an air pump valued at $2,000 from the Sunoco gas station at 162-35 North Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens.
  • At 12:20 a.m. on March 8, the bandits removed the air pump from the Global gas station at 49-25 Van Dam St. in Long Island City.
  • That same morning, at 2 a.m., the crooks yanked away the air pump machine from the Exxon gas station at 59-51 Long Island Expwy. in Long Island City.
  • At 8:26 p.m. on March 16, the suspects removed the air pump machine from the BP gas station located at 100-07 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park.
  • At 9:26 p.m. on March 20, the perpetrators removed an unknown amount of change from the vacuum air machine at the Eagle service center located at 49-05 Astoria Blvd. in Astoria.

Among the five Brooklyn locations in the pattern was the Exxon GPN Boulevard gas station at 1193 Myrtle Ave. in Bushwick. The crooks removed the station’s air pump machine, valued at $700, at 9:08 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 2.

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.

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Robbery suspect caught on video during dramatic holdup at Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police have released video footage of a March stickup at a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant showing an employee struggling with the armed robber who, along with a partner, is wanted for two other heists.

The pair are accused of first robbing a Subway restaurant at 127-02 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica on Jan. 1 at about 9:20 p.m., authorities said. After entering the eatery, the first suspect put a gun to one victim’s head and demanded money while the second suspect held another victim to the floor.

The suspects, who were wearing masks and dark clothing, then took about $500 before fleeing on foot southbound on 127th Avenue.

On Jan. 3, at about 10 p.m., they targeted a Fresh Meadows gas station at 181-05 Horace Harding Expy., according to police. The two suspects entered the business wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing, and displayed a silver firearm before taking around $500.

In the latest incident, on March 17, at about 10 p.m., an unknown number of suspects who were wearing masks, gloves and black hooded jackets came into a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant, located at 219-25 North Conduit Ave., displayed a dark gray handgun and demanded that safe be opened, police said.

As video footage released by the NYPD shows, one of the suspects briefly struggled with an employee over his gun. The suspects then fled on foot eastbound on North Conduit Avenue.

No injuries were reported to police in any of the incidents.

The suspects are described as two black men, between 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 190 to 230 pounds.

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.

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Two charged in deadly shooting at Richmond Hill gas station


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Two Brooklyn men have been arrested for the fatal January shooting of a man at a gas station near the Van Wyck Expressway, police said.

Charles Williams, 26, and Moeleek Harrell, 25, have both been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the Jan. 20 incident, according to authorities.

The two allegedly approached Derek Quattlebaum, a 28-year-old Brooklyn resident, at about 3 p.m. that day at a BP gas station in Richmond Hill at the intersection of Van Wyck Expressway and Atlantic Avenue, and then fired at him.

Video footage released by police shows two suspects running into a blue Audi at the station and driving away.

Quattlebaum was shot in the head, torso and limbs, and taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

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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.

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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.

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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.