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Police searching for suspect in Ridgewood gunpoint robberies


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The NYPD has released video footage of a man wanted in connection to two armed robberies in Ridgewood.

The suspect — described as an 18-year-old Hispanic male — stopped a 58-year-old woman on Aug. 22 at the corner of 60th Lane and 67th Avenue around 5:30 a.m., police said. He displayed a gun and demanded her belongings, stealing the victim’s purse containing $50, a Samsung cellphone and other items.

According to authorities, later that day, at about 11:55 p.m., the same man is suspected of robbing an 18-year-old man and woman who were sitting in front of a home on 60th Place near Linden Street. After displaying a gun, the suspect pocketed an iPhone and a black bag that belonged to the victims.

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.

Video footage from the second robbery on Aug. 22.

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Cops nab pair who used BB gun to rob man on Ridgewood street


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Two men were arrested last week after they allegedly used a BB gun to rob a man on a Ridgewood street, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.

Ridgewood’s Enis Mustafa, 30, and Astrit Kupi, 22, were collared by 104th Precinct officers shortly after the stickup, which occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 10 in the area of 60th Place and Putnam Avenue, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

Reportedly, the two suspects approached the male victim and attempted to yank the gold chain he was wearing around his neck.

Police said Kupi then allegedly punched the man in the face, and Mustafa pulled a black firearm out of his waistband, pointed it at the victim and demanded additional property.

The victim removed the gold chain as well as a gold bracelet from his wrist and nearly $400 in cash and threw them to the ground. Kupi and Mustafa picked up the items, then ordered the victim to leave.

According to the criminal complaint, responding officers soon spotted Kupi and Mustafa walking in the vicinity of 60th Street and 70th Avenue and stopped them; both men fit the description of the suspects.

Officers found the stolen cash in Kupi’s pants pocket, while the gold chain and bracelet — as well as a BB gun allegedly used in the robbery — were found on the ground near where the suspects were stopped.

Kupi and Mustafa were charged with second-degree armed robbery, second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. Both remain held on $25,000 bond or $15,000 cash bail, according to court records.

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Suspects sought in armed robbery of cabbie in South Richmond Hill


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Police are looking for two men wanted in connection to an armed robbery last weekend in South Richmond Hill where they allegedly pistol whipped a taxi driver.

On Aug. 8 at about 2:25 a.m. the suspects — identified as two black men — approached a 50-year-old driver of a green cab at 126th Street and Liberty Avenue as he stepped out of his vehicle, cops said.

One of the suspects then took out a firearm, threw the driver to the ground, pistol whipped him and fled the scene with $70 and the victim’s credit cards, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Suspect assaults, robs Astoria furniture store employee over missing sofa: NYPD


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Police have released video footage of a man who they say assaulted and robbed an Astoria furniture store employee last month after he went looking for a refund on a sofa that he said was never delivered.

According to authorities, the incident began just before 6 p.m. on July 23 when the suspect entered American Design Furniture at 32-94 Steinway St. and confronted the employee about the sofa.

The furniture buyer started arguing with the 24-year-old store worker and asked for his money back, police said. He then allegedly pulled out a knife and placed it against the victim while still demanding his money.

After the employee handed over the $500 he wanted, the suspect began to punch the victim and took another $1,500 from his pants pockets.

The suspect then fled the store in a vehicle in an unknown direction. The victim was removed to Mount Sinai Queens for minor injuries, which included a cut to his forearm, and was released, police said.

Authorities describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, about 28 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with short, black hair and freckles. He was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Alleged burglar from Hamilton Beach busted for shoplifting in Brooklyn


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A Hamilton Beach burglar who led officers on a foot chase in April was arrested again on Saturday for trying to return a power drill he allegedly stole from a shopping cart at a Brooklyn home improvement store.

Keith Kolm tried returning the tool, which he allegedly stole from a shopping cart filled with items marked “returns,” at 12:28 p.m. on Saturday at the East New York Home Depot, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Reportedly, a security guard at the store spotted Kolm stealing the power drill and exchanging the tool for a store credit gift card. Kolm punched a security officer in the face as he tried to flee, according to the criminal complaint.

He was charged with second- and third-degree robbery, assault in the third degree, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and harassment in the fifth degree.

Kolm, 25, of 164th Road, first made headlines when he broke into a Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard on April 6 and stole an ATM. After fleeing the scene, Kolm placed a fake 911 call regarding an officer in need of assistance.

When officers discovered that the call actually came from Kolm, they drove to his house and were led on a pursuit through backyards and streets in Hamilton Beach. They arrested Kolm on the rooftop of a home near 104th Street and 163rd Drive after a 40-minute search.

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Phony motorcycle seller robs buyer at gunpoint in Astoria: NYPD


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A man who was supposedly selling a motorcycle robbed his buyer at gunpoint in Astoria, stealing $2,500, according to authorities.

Police released video footage Wednesday night of the suspect, who is accused of robbing the victim after meeting up with him on June 17 at about 8 p.m.

The suspect and the buyer, a 45-year-old man, got together that day to arrange the purchase of the motorcycle, authorities said. The two entered the victim’s car and the suspect directed him to drive to 21-16 35th St.

When they arrived, the suspect pointed a gun at the buyer’s head and demanded his money. He then handed over $2,500 and the suspect fled.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Co-worker gets cash back following Astoria street robbery


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A woman almost lost a bag of cash in an Astoria robbery last month, but her co-worker was able to chase the perp down and retrieve the money, police said.

The victim, a 25 year-old woman, was heading to a bank to deposit money with her co-worker just before 10 a.m. on July 6 when the incident occurred, authorities said.

The NYPD have released these photos of the suspect.

The NYPD have released these photos of the suspect.

As the victim was walking near Steinway Street and 30th Avenue the suspect snatched the bag containing store proceeds and began to flee.

According to police, the victim’s male co-worker then ran after the suspect and was able to retrieve the money, and the suspect escaped empty-handed.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Armed bandits in Springfield Gardens stickup linked to earlier robbery: cops


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Two armed robbers wanted for tying up employees at a Fresh Meadows RadioShack earlier this month are suspected of pulling off the same crime at a Springfield Gardens cellphone store on Tuesday, police said.

The pair, while wearing hoodies, walked into a Metro PCS located at 219-25 North Conduit Ave. at about 3:30 p.m. on July 28 and took out silver firearms, authorities said. They then took a 30-year-old female clerk and a 47-year-old male customer to the rear of the store, where they tied them up. The suspects then removed money from the cash register and several cellphones before fleeing on foot.

According to police, the same suspects walked into a RadioShack at a Fresh Meadows shopping center on July 10, where they also tied up the store’s employees at gunpoint.

After the suspects entered the 87-12 Horace Harding Expwy. store at about 10:25 a.m., one of them displayed a silver firearm while the second forcibly bound the two employees with duct tape and then removed about $400 and various electronics devices, authorities said. The suspects then fled.

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Police have released video from the most recent incident and photos from the RadioShack robbery. The perpetrators are described as black males, with the first suspect as about 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Knife-wielding suspect, accomplice rob Flushing deli


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Police have released video footage of two robbers after a Flushing deli worker caught them shoplifting earlier this week and was slashed with a knife.

The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday at the Queen Bee deli, located at 43-82 162nd St., authorities said.

After the two suspects walked into the store, they took beer and candy from the shelves and started to leave, according to police. The deli worker then attempted to stop the pair when one of the suspects tried to stab him and both fled.

The clerk received a laceration to his hand but refused medical attention at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Howard Beach CVS worker slashed by ice cream thief: cops


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A 62-year-old employee was attacked at the Howard Beach CVS Monday night as he was trying to stop a shoplifter looking for ice cream during the heat, authorities said.

The suspect entered the store, located at 157-05 Cross Bay Blvd., about 11:40 p.m., where he attempted to take the frozen dessert and flee, according to police. A worker tried to stop the thief from leaving and was slashed with an unknown object. The suspect was then able to get away with the ice cream.

EMS transported the victim to a local hospital and was treated for two lacerations to his forehead.

1806-15 Robbery 106 pct 7-27-15Police have released a photo and video footage of the suspect, who they describe as a black male, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and with black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Five wanted for robbing woman at gunpoint inside Corona apartment


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Police are looking for a gang of robbers who forced their way into a Corona apartment earlier this month and stole cash after holding a 60-year-old woman at gunpoint.

The five suspects got into the apartment near 100th Street at about 4:50 p.m. on July 7 while displaying a handgun, according to authorities. They then forced the woman to the ground, causing minor injuries to her arm. The crew finally broke into a locked file cabinet inside a bedroom and took an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing in a black SUV.

1730-15 115 Pct Robbery 7-7-15 photo (3)The suspects are described as Hispanic men, about 25 years old with dark complexions, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. Authorities have released a surveillance photo of all five of the suspects inside the apartment building.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Fresh Meadows RadioShack employees tied up in armed robbery: NYPD


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A pair of robbers walked into a RadioShack at a Fresh Meadows shopping center last week, tied up the store’s employees at gunpoint and stole cash and electronics, police said.

The robbery happened about 10:25 a.m. on Friday at the store located at 187-12 Horace Harding Expwy., according to authorities.

After the suspects entered the RadioShack, one of them displayed a silver firearm while the second forcibly bound the two employees with duct tape and then removed about $400 and various electronics devices, cops said. The suspects then fled.

Officers from the 107th Precinct responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Police have released photos of the perpetrators, both described as black males. The first suspect was wearing a gray shirt, black sweater, black and white baseball cap, and black sneakers; and the second was wearing a light gray shirt with a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Pair wanted for robbing teen on St. Albans street corner


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Detectives are looking for two men — one of whom claimed to be armed — who robbed a teenager at a St. Albans intersection last month.

The NYPD released security camera images of one of the suspects wanted for the June 15 robbery that occurred at the intersection of 110th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard near the Brinkherhoff Mall.

At about 2:45 p.m. that day, authorities said, the two men approached the 17-year-old male victim and demanded his cellphone. When the victim refused to comply, one of the perpetrators told him he had a firearm.

The suspects then grabbed the victim’s cellphone and backpack, then fled on foot. The robbery was reported to the 113th Precinct. The victim was not injured.

Both perpetrators are described as black men between 20 and 25 years of age.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Police looking for suspect in attempted daytime mugging at Queens Plaza


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Police released a sketch Thursday morning of a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted daytime mugging of a teenager at Queens Plaza in Long Island City last month.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at 5:45 p.m. on June 22 in front of a location on Queens Plaza South near 28th Street.

Reportedly, the suspect and four unidentified males approached the 19-year-old male victim as he walked through the area. Police said the group attempted to remove the victim’s property, then struck him repeatedly about the face and body with a metal object.

The incident was reported to the 108th Precinct; the victim was treated for minor injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Cops seek suspect in Ridgewood bus stop robbery


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The NYPD released video footage Friday night of a man wanted in connection with a recent robbery at a Ridgewood bus stop.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at 3:20 a.m. on June 17 at the bus stop located on Metropolitan Avenue near Woodward Avenue.

Reportedly, a 59-year-old man was standing at the location when he was approached by the suspect, a black male, and two white male cohorts. Police said the black male demanded the victim’s property, and the two white males grabbed the man from behind and threw him to the ground.

Authorities said the three perpetrators searched the victim and removed cash along with his wallet, which contained credit cards, then fled from the scene.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; the victim refused medical attention.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that the black male later used the victim’s credit cards at locations in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The video shows him making one of the illegal purchases.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

 

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