Nov. 8, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
Police are looking for two suspects in connection to a series of armed robberies that occurred at commercial businesses across Queens during October.
The two men stole over $500 in four armed robberies that took place in car body shops and convenience stores in Willets Point and North Corona between Oct. 4 and Oct. 30, according to the NYPD.
The most recent robbery, in North Corona, occurred at a convenience store at 111-29 Roosevelt Ave. at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.
The two suspects entered the store and threatened a 64-year-old store worker with a gun, demanding cash from the register. The worker complied and the two men made off on foot towards 112th Street with $100 in cash.
The three previous robberies took place over a 24-hour period at the beginning of October.
First, the suspects approached a 49-year-old man in front of Happy Auto Repair Body shop at 125-50 Northern Blvd. and demanded his wallet. The two suspects fled the scene on foot with $150 and the victim’s drivers licence.
At about 4 p.m. the next day, the suspects again targeted a car body shop located in Willets Point. This time, they threatened two workers at Muffler Mechanics at 126-01 38th Ave. and held guns to their heads as they demanded cash. The victims complied and the suspects fled the scene on foot with $150 cash, a cell phone and keys.
Less than an hour later, the two suspects entered a smoke shop, located at 41-02 102nd St. in Corona and again threatened the employee with guns. This time, the suspects said they would kill the employee if he did not give them cash from the register. The suspects took $180 cash from the register and fled southbound on 102nd Street.
The two men were caught on CCTV. They were seen driving a black Mercedes-Benz sedan during the first robbery in Willets Point.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @ NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.