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Man busted for robbing four Queens businesses


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Police have arrested an alleged thief for holding up four Queens businesses this month — including three in the same day.

Jose Escobar, a 48-year-old Queens Village resident, has been charged with five counts of robbery in the crime spree that began on March 2, authorities said.

According to police, that afternoon Escobar held up the Baile Deli and Grocery at 222-15 Braddock Ave. in Bellerose, taking off with $1,000.

On Sunday, he allegedly pulled off three more armed robberies.

Escobar is accused of holding up a Bellerose Gulf Gas station, located at 239-15 Jamaica Ave., at about 10:35 a.m., getting away with about $75 in cash.

The same day, at about 1:15 p.m., he robbed a Bellerose convenience store, located at 236-11 Braddock Ave., police said. He took a drink and $1,500 in cash before fleeing.

Just 15 minutes later, he robbed Mogul Hardware in nearby Queens Village, authorities said. After entering the 212-44 91st Ave. store, Escobar allegedly took out his gun and demanded cash. He then grabbed $30 and fled on foot.

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Man holds up three Queens businesses in one day: police


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A thirsty thief held up four Queens businesses this month, targeting three in one day and stealing more than $2,500 in cash — and a drink, police said.

The suspect first hit the Baile Deli and Grocery at 222-15 Braddock Ave. in Bellerose at about 12:30 p.m. on March 2, according to authorities. After pulling out a gun and demanding money, the suspect took $1,000 before fleeing on foot.

On Sunday, at about 10:35 a.m., the same suspect allegedly robbed a Bellerose Gulf Gas station, located at 239-15 Jamaica Ave., at gunpoint, getting away with about $75 in cash.

The same day, at about 1:15 p.m., he robbed another Bellerose convenience store, located at 236-11 Braddock Ave. After entering the store, the suspect played a lotto game then went to the refrigerator, took a beverage, and put it onto the counter, police said. He then displayed a gun and demanded the drink and cash. The suspect took the drink and $1,500 in cash before fleeing.

Just 15 minutes later, the same man is accused of robbing a hardware store in nearby Queens Village, authorities said. The suspect entered Mogul Hardware, located at 212-44 91 Ave., flashed his gun and demanded cash again. He then grabbed $30 and fled on foot.

Police describe the suspect as a white Hispanic man who is about 40 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light blue “Adidas” hooded sweatshirt during the robbery at the hardware store.

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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Whitestone Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint in drug theft


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Police are searching for the gun-wielding thug who held up the Whitestone Pharmacy on Feb. 6, forcing the employees into a bathroom while he looted the shelves of hundreds of dollars’ worth of pain medication.

The thief wore a scarf over his face and a dark hoodie sweater during the holdup. But instead of grabbing cash from the pharmacy register, he went right for the shelves and snatched $600 worth of an opiate called Fentanyl, police said.

The drug is sold in patches — like a nicotine patch — and is prescribed to people with chronic pain and for pain management.

Like morphine or other opiates, Fentanyl is a high-strength painkiller that is often abused by people addicted to opiates.

Among Fentanyl’s legitimate purposes is treatment of cancer patients, who have built up a tolerance to morphine as a painkiller.

The man fled on foot from the 14th Avenue store without taking any cash. Police describe the suspect as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 165 pounds, and said the investigation is ongoing.

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Photos released of suspects in armed robbery at Howard Beach travel agency


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The search continues for two suspects who tied up the employees of a Howard Beach travel agency during an armed robbery Friday morning.

The pair, both armed with guns, entered Liberty Travel, located at 156-40 Cross Bay Blvd., about 9:40 a.m. and ordered its six employees to the back of the agency, police said. They then zip-tied the employees and asked for the location of the safe.

The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the safe and the employee’s cell phones before fleeing, authorities said.

No one was injured in the 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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Howard Beach travel agency robbed at gunpoint


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Two men robbed Liberty Travel in Howard Beach Friday morning, according to police.

The suspects, who were wearing hoodies, entered the travel agency, located at 156-40 Cross Bay Blvd., at about 9:50 a.m. and asked for cash at gunpoint, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear how much money was taken. The two suspect are still at large.

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Pair robbed in LIC park


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Cops are looking for two suspects who robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in a Long Island City park.

The victims, both 22, were at Murray Playground, located on 45th Avenue and 21st Street, at about 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 15 when the robbery occurred, authorities said.

The two male suspects approached the victims, pulled out a gun and demanded money from them, police said. They then took a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, a debit card and $5 in cash from the man, and an iPhone and debit card from the woman.

Police have released a photo of one of the suspects using the male victim’s debit card at a Bank of America ATM at 2680 Broadway in Manhattan.

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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Suspects sought in Rego Park laundromat holdup    


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Three men robbed a Rego Park laundromat at gunpoint, forcing the employees into a bathroom before running off with the cash, cops said.

The holdup took place at the Rego Park Megawash, located at 62-82 Woodhaven Blvd., around 4 a.m. on Aug 8, according to police.

After entering the business and announcing a robbery, the suspects, two of them armed with a gun, ordered the laundromat’s two employees into the bathroom, officials said. The suspects then fled with money they took from the register. No one was injured.

Police have released surveillance video of the suspects as they approached the laundromat and fled from the 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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Cops: Suspect robs deliveryman in Whitestone for $25K in prescription meds


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A man held up a pharmaceutical delivery person in Whitestone, taking him on a wild ride to Yonkers before stealing $25,000 worth of medication, police said.

The perpetrator, while brandishing a gun, approached the 49-year-old victim on April 18 at 8 a.m., as he was making deliveries near 150th Street and 14th Avenue, cops said.

The suspect ordered the deliveryman into the victim’s car, a 2000 blue Dodge Caravan, which contained an assortment of prescription medication, and drove the vehicle to Yonkers, before kicking the man out and driving off, officials said.

Police describe the suspect as a white man between the ages of 25 and 30 years old and bald.

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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Police: Three suspected armed robbers tied to two other Queens crimes


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The three suspects wanted for robbing a Queens Village hair salon at gunpoint last week have been tied to two other store robberies in the borough, police said.

Last Saturday, the trio, each wielding a gun, forced clerks at a 22-06 Hempstead Ave. salon to the back of the store about 7:25 p.m., authorities said. They stole money, cell phones and hair products before fleeing.

Police said the suspects are also responsible for robbing two St. Albans delis, located two blocks from each other.

The first incident took place last Wednesday at 113-27 Farmers Blvd., while the second happened Sunday at 114-25 Farmers Blvd.

Both times, the suspects left with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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Cops seek suspect in armed Jamaica store robbery


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Police are looking for a man who robbed a Jamaica store at gunpoint last Wednesday.

The suspect, wearing a ski mask, whipped out a gun and forced a Mario’s 99 Cent Store employee to the ground, before taking $500 from his wallet and $50 from the counter, police said.

He entered the 108-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. store Jan. 29 about 5:30 a.m., emerging from a dark-colored SUV, according to authorities.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

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