Jan. 9, 2019 By Nathaly Pesantez
Police are searching for a pair of thieves who have wreaked havoc on more than a dozen businesses in Queens and Brooklyn over the last several months, stealing over $69,000 combined in goods, cash and more from the sites.
The thieves—two men—are behind 17 burglaries that took place between October and December in neighborhoods like Woodside, Bayside, Woodhaven, Canarsie, East New York and more, according to police.
In each case, one of the men forced their way inside the location while the other acted as a lookout.
A Woodside bodega was the third location targeted in the spree after the duo hit a deli in Bayside and a Chinese restaurant in Woodhaven in late October, making off with more than $9,550 from the two sites.
One of the thieves entered the 50-02 69th St. bodega, SB Deli & Grocery, through the ceiling at around 3 a.m. on Oct. 27, stealing $2,500 in MetroCards and an additional $4,000 from a drawer under the counter, police said.
The Woodside bodega was the only store targeted in the area, with the thieves then heading to sites largely in the 102nd Precinct, which covers Woodhaven and Richmond Hill.
At a Woodhaven laundromat, for instance, the two made off with $6,490 on the night of Nov. 5, and also took an undetermined amount of money from an ATM before fleeing.
At a deli in the same neighborhood, the two stole $4,000 later that month on Nov. 25.
One of the most staggering break-ins came on Dec. 3, when the thieves broke into an East New York bodega and stole $13,000 from an ATM and $2,000 from the cash register.
Most of the reported incidents saw amounts between $1,500 and $6,500 stolen in cash and goods.
Anyone with information should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.