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Burglar wanted for rooftop break-ins at Queens stores

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

rooftop burglar

Police are looking for a man who burglarized several Queens businesses by breaking in through the stores’ rooftops.

The first incident took place at 3 a.m. on December 24, at a Rite Aid located at 47-07 Broadway in Astoria. He cut a hole through the roof of the drugstore, but did not enter the business. A couple hours later, he gained entrance to Zac Deli at 48-16 Broadway using the same method, but managed to steal merchandise and cash before fleeing.

On December 31, at about 2:00 a.m., he also stole merchandise from the Stop and Go at 53-11 Broadway in Woodside.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’7″ to 5’11” tall and was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with a “G-Unit” logo on the front, white and orange Air Max Nike sneakers and dark colored jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.



Rite Aid reopens on Cross Bay Boulevard

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

Life is getting back to normal in south Queens nearly two months after Sandy struck the area.

On Wednesday, December 12, staffers from the Cross Bay Boulevard Rite Aid, along with State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, officially cut the ribbon to reopen the store, which saw significant flooding as water from Jamaica Bay poured into Howard Beach.

With CVS still out and Duane Reade closed, the pharmacy has become the only stop for medical needs in the area, said Rite Aid employee Kathy Russo.

“We were up [after the storm],” Russo said. “And now we’re full-force up and running

A small section of Rite Aid was gutted, repaired and reopened as a make-shift pharmacy for people with prescriptions. Running off a generator, the store serviced not just Howard Beach residents, but people from Rockaway and Breezy Point, along with relief workers from FEMA and other organizations.

Four weeks after the storm, Rite Aid was completely back up and running on Thursday, November 29. The store beat its planned deadline of reopening by Monday, December 3. Because Duane Reade has completely closed and it is unknown when CVS will reopen, Russo said Rite Aid has covered most of the business in Howard Beach — adding that it has been busy but manageable.

“Duane Reade closed up and we bought their prescriptions out,” she said. “This store is the only store for the community…you’ve got to come in here to buy anything.”

Police Looking For 3 Suspects Wanted In Queens Pharmacy Robbery

| jlane@queenscourier.com


Police in Queens are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects wanted for a grand larceny at a pharmacy.

The incident occurred on April 20 at a Rite Aid on Steinway Street in Astoria.  Police said the suspects took a number of high-priced items, including Rogaine, Zyrtec, Crest White Strips, Allegra and Mucinex, and then fled the location.

Police have released a surveillance image of the suspects and hope someone will recognize them.

Anyone with information 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 Website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.