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Moped riding crooks steal $60,000 in cash in gunpoint robbery on Sunnyside street: NYPD

Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed $60,000 cash from a man at gunpoint on a Sunnyside street on Friday, Sept. 15 (Photos: NYPD (l.) and Google Maps (r.))

Sept. 18, 2023 By Michael Dorgan

Police are searching for two suspects on a moped who allegedly stole $60,000 cash from a man at gunpoint on a Sunnyside street on Friday, Sept. 15.

The brazen broad daylight robbery took place at around 3 p.m. in front of 99c and Gifts, a discount store located at 48-16 Skillman Ave., where one of the suspects approached the 47-year-old victim and fired a gun at the ground, according to police from the 108th Precinct.

The crook then stole the $60,000 cash from the victim before fleeing the scene on a black-colored moped being driven by his accomplice. The duo fled northbound on 49th Street, cops said.

Police did not say how or if the suspects knew the victim had such a large amount of cash before they targeted him. It is also unclear why the victim was carrying the cash on his person at the time of the robbery.

Police on Sunday, Sept. 17, released a grainy image of the alleged gunman as well as a second blurry image of the pair on a moped. The gunman can be seen wearing a food delivery backpack while the moped driver appears to be wearing a baseball cap and a red and white colored jacket.

The victim was not injured, and police say the incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

There have been 526 reported incidents of grand larceny in the 108th Precinct this year through Sept. 10, up 9.4% compared to the same time last year, according to police data. The 108th Precinct serves Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

Friday’s robbery comes about eight weeks after two masked men stole around $10,000 in merchandise at gunpoint from a smoke shop at 43-45 44th St. in Sunnyside.

(Crime data in the 108th Police Precinct)

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What does Julie Won say?? Let’s ban the gang database.
We can’t even get the license of that moped. Cus Democrats have ruined this city. There isn’t even anyone running against Julie Won. This is a joke just like the Sunnyside post. SP also has no vocabulary they had a article that read. ” Mass to celebrate 911″ idiots look the word up.

Madd Donna

Why bother to post this story if you block comments from readers? Just like everything else in NYC, Sunnyside Post has been ruined! Stand proud. Time for someone to create a more fair and balanced and non-woke publication. The majority of legal NYC citizens are sick and tired of this crap.

John P

Let’s all pretend that the mayor, governor, DA’s are doing a great job on crime and that the current policies are working. NYC has become a dangerous and filthy place to live thanks to all those in charge.


That’s a LOT of cash to bring into a 99 cent store. The guy must have been planning to buy the whole store!

Madd Donna

Seems many of these illegals carry those fake delivery backpacks to trick the public into thinking they are legitimate when most likely they are helping the cartels transport illegal drugs throughout the city including fentanyl that just took the life of a 1-year-old baby! Highly doubt this woke and anti-American rag will post my comment as well.


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