Tag Archives: Robbery

Police: Suspects wanted for Flushing bank robbery


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Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint Friday night.

About 7:10 p.m., the pair entered a TD Bank on Main Street in Flushing. The first suspect took out a firearm, announced a robbery and ordered a bank employee to the ground, police said. The second jumped over a counter, took $142 and both suspects fled.

One robber is male, around 6 feet tall, and was wearing a blue-hooded wind breaker with an “NY” logo, black jeans and black gloves. His face was covered by a scarf. The second suspect is also male, around 5 feet 10 inches tall with a dark complexion and medium build, police said. He was wearing a hat, sunglasses, a dark jacket, black gloves and dark jeans with dark-colored boots.

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.

Suspect squirts lighter fluid inside Elmhurst check cashing business before robbing it


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A man was caught on video Sunday dousing an Elmhurst check cashing business in lighter fluid before displaying a lighter and demanding money from an employee, police said.

The robbery took place about 2:30 a.m. at ATN Financial Services, located at 94-72 Corona Ave., according to the NYPD.

The employee, who was not injured in the robbery, handed over the cash before the suspect fled, police said.

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: Suspect injures Fresh Meadows woman during attempted robbery in her driveway


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A Fresh Meadows woman was injured when a man who was trying to rob her while she was in her driveway, hit the victim on the head with his gun, police said.

The suspect approached the 66-year-old around 11:15 a.m. on December 5 while she was emptying items from her car and demanded her valuables, police said. When the victim began to scream, the suspect hit her in the head with his gun. He then fled without stealing anything, according to police.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens with lacerations to her head, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 20 to 25 years old, and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black skullcap and black jacket.

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: Jackson Heights robbers strike again


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Suspects in connection with a Jackson Heights heist more than a week ago are believed to have struck the same apartment again, cops said.

Two males armed with guns forced their way into a basement apartment in the neighborhood yesterday, posing as police officers to get the victims to open the door, authorities said.

They tied up one adult male and then shot another male victim in the leg before fleeing the scene empty handed, according to police.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.

The NYPD believe the male perpetrators are two of four male Hispanic suspects that are wanted in connection with a robbery on July 23 at around 5:15 p.m. in the same basement apartment.

In that case the men entered through an unlocked front door with a gun and demanded money. After the theft they fled the scene without injuring any victims.

Police are still investigating both crimes.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents are 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Police searching for suspects in Corona robbery


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Police are looking for four suspects in connection to a robbery in Corona.

On Saturday, April 13 at 5 a.m. the suspects approached a 28-year-old victim and assaulted him as he was walking in front of 35-02 103rd Street, police said. They removed his wallet and chain before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered injuries to his face and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Police described the first suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue jacket, gray pants and gray sneakers.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male with dark facial hair and wearing a black winter hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black bubble vest, blue jeans and black sneakers

The third suspect is a Hispanic male with dark short hair and wearing a black leather coat, black jeans with a chain on his left pocket and black sneakers.

The fourth suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black sneakers. He was also carrying a white plastic shopping bag.

Authorities have released a surveillance video of three of the suspects.

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 by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police looking for two suspects in three gas station robberies


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The NYPD is trying to find two suspects for three robberies of two gas stations in Jamaica and one in Flushing.

According to police, in each incident the suspects drove to the gas station in a dark colored minivan, then the driver exited the vehicle, watched the locations and returned to the minivan. Afterwards, the second suspect exited the vehicle, entered the location and either displayed a black handgun or simulated having a gun under his shirt and demanded money from the register and cigarettes.

On Saturday, March 16 at 5:40 a.m. one of the suspects simulated a firearm under his shirt as he robbed the Gulf Gas Station located at 241-15 Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.

On Tuesday, March 19 at 4 a.m. one suspect displayed a black firearm while robbing the Exxon Gas Station located at 137-21 Liberty Avenue in Jamaica.

On Wednesday, March 20 at 6:22 a.m. one of the suspects displayed a black handgun as he robbed the Mobil Gas Station located at 133-11 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.

Both suspects are described as Hispanic males, one suspect is 5’10″ to 6′ tall, large build and with a  moustache and the second suspect is  5’7″ to 5’9″ tall, medium build, with facial hair and wearing a black hooded jacket

Authorities have released photos for both suspects and a surveillance video of one of the suspects.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

 

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Man wanted for series of subway cell phone thefts


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Police are searching for a man wanted for snatching five electronic devices over the past month on trains in Queens and Brooklyn.

Four cell phones and an iPad were stolen in the incidents that all occurred E, F, or R trains as they entered the station, according to police. The five victims were all women between the ages of 16-28.

The most recent robbery took place on December 11 as the suspect exited the R train at the 67th Avenue station. The suspect punched a 16-year-old girl in the face before taking her phone.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25-30 years old, standing 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing between 180-190 pounds.

 

 

Two robbed at gunpoint outside Resorts World Casino


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Resorts World

Two men were held at gun point and handed over more than $200 to a robber in the early hours of Sunday, September 16 in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino New York City, police said.

The victims, ages 18 and 19, were approached around 4:20 a.m. by a man, about 6’ tall and 180 pounds, as the pair was leaving the casino and headed toward their car.

The man pulled out a small black fire arm and pointed it at the two and demanded money, police said; the two men gave about $260 to the mugger before he fled the scene through the parking lot.

No shots were fired and the victims did not sustain any injuries.

The robber was last seen wearing a white sweater with black and orange diamonds, blue jeans and a black cap, police said.

 

Bandit thieves expensive relics from Queens synagogue


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Photo courtesy of Young Israel of Queens Valley

Thousands of dollars worth of relics were taken from a Queens synagogue while worshipers prayed upstairs.

The valuable Torah crowns were taken from Young Israel of Queens Valley last week during the temple’s evening services.

“This has never happened in the 50 years of the synagogue,” the synagogue’s executive director George Srolovits told the Daily News.

At first, officials believed the items were taken by someone to be polished.

The yarmulke-wearing thief was captured on surveillance entering the Kew Garden Hill synagogue and picking up a prayer book, before heading toward the unlocked ark in the basement.  He is later seen on film walking out with a plastic bag allegedly holding the crowns.

The relics are said to be worth $650 each.

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

 

 

 

Racino robber caught in Pennsylvania


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Resorts World

The suspect wanted for robbing about $63,000 from Resorts World Casino New York City was arrested on Tuesday, July 29 in Pennsylvania and will be moved back to Queens, the district dttorney’s office announced.

The suspect entered the Racino during the afternoon of June 29, passed a note to a teller on the second floor demanding money and threatening that she would be killed. After receiving cash, he fled, right out of the casino’s front door.

Officials allege that finger prints on the note matched that of Kevin Lides, 23, of Briarwood. Surveillance video of the suspect match Lides’ description, officials said, and he was picked up by Monroe County police.

Lides faced a Monroe County judge on Wednesday, August 1 in regards to his extradition to Queens. He will be charged in Queens with first-degree robbery and second-degree grand larceny, according to the DA’s office. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

“The defendant is accused of brazenly walking into a crowded casino on a Friday afternoon and demanding money,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “The odds of getting away with such an alleged crime were stacked against him, and his long overdue arrest proves the old adage: you can run but you cannot hide.”

Queens casino robbed


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Resorts World

New York’s first casino had its first robbery less than a year after its opening.

The robber entered Resorts World Casino New York City at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and approached a teller at the gate, police said. He passed the teller a note and simulated a weapon in his waistband.

The teller handed over an unknown amount of cash to the unidentified perp before he fled through the front door, said cops.

The suspect is described as 30 years old, 5’8” tall, last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.

A Resorts World spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment as of press time, but State Senator Joseph Addabbo released a statement on Monday, July 2 saying some security procedures should be changed at the facility.

“While I am thankful that nobody was injured during last week’s robbery, and that such incidents normally don’t occur at Resorts World,” he said, “I do have serious concerns regarding the procedures that are in place which would allow an individual to take a bag of money from the cashier window, down to street level, out of the casino, across the parking lot, and escape to the street.

“I am interested in the possible changes in the method of notifying the police in a timely manner and the practice of monitoring a situation in progress. I will continue to advocate for the hiring of additional security personnel on the premises of the casino in an effort to create jobs and supplement the safety of the patrons there.”

Burglar pulls dentist office heist


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This burglar clearly doesn’t fear the dentist’s office.

A crook broke into a Queens dental office and stole a laptop and syringes, cops said.

The thief, caught in this surveillance video, climbed into an unlocked window of Steinway Family Dental in Astoria on Steinway Street, near 34th Avenue, about 3:50 a.m. Friday, according to NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel.

Police said the suspect wore dark jeans, white sneakers, and a light-colored jacket that reads “USA 928” on the back during the heist.
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‘Beats’ headphone thefts on the rise throughout NYC


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The city’s thugs have a new favorite to go with their stolen iPhones—stolen Dr. Dre headphones. The legendary rapper’s pricey, high-tech headphones, called “Beats by Dr. Dre,” are the new rage among bandits because they’re seen as “status symbols,” a police source said. Although they have yet to dethrone the iPhone as thieves’ top target, the headphones — which retail for $300 to $500 — are being snatched from kids at an alarming rate since the latest model hit the market around Christmas. Read More: New York Post

Police ID Armed Queens Robber Who Posed As Officer


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Police are looking for two suspects who are wanted forimpersonating a police officer while robbing a man at knife-point in Queens.

The two men, armed with switchblades, forced their way into a Jackson Heights apartment on March 9, police said.

The two identified themselves as cops and demanded money from the resident, according to police, and then took off.

Cops have identified one of the suspects as 25-year-old Julian Rodriguez.

Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police Looking For 3 Suspects Wanted In Queens Pharmacy Robbery


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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.