Cops are on the hunt for a pair of crooks who held up a laundromat and nine convenience stores across Brooklyn and Queens over the course of a violent two-month robbery spree, police said Saturday.
The stick-up kids’ sordid saga began when they busted into the Super Laundromat on Coney Island Ave. near Ave. V in Sheepshead Bay waving a gun the morning of Jan 6., according to authorities. The brutes tied up and pistol-whipped an employee inside, snatched $200 from the register and ran.
Less than an hour later, the armed bandits walked into Aldo Deli and Bagel on Kings Highway near E. 9th St. in Gravesend and held two employees at gunpoint while they grabbed $1500 from the register, cops said.
The crooks got back to business on Jan. 12 at a Gravesend grocery store on Kings Highway near W. 2nd St., punching a 41-year-old employee and tying his hands with packing tape before making off with $700 and several cartons of cigarettes, police said.
The bandits’ first known Queens heist went down four days later at the Village Deli on Hillside Ave. near 212th St. in Queens Village, where the duo duct-taped a 41-year-old clerk to a chair and stole a laptop, iPhone 7, cigars and a vapor pipe.
They laid low for two days before striking the Mia Deli and Grocery on Coney Island Ave. and Turner Place in Flatbush, boosting $410 and four cellphones, cops said.
The following day, the crooks hit Shop-N-Smile on Neptune Ave. near W. 5th St. in Brighton Beach and scored big — making off with $5,570 and an iPhone 6.
For almost two weeks the desperados dropped off the radar before returning to Queens, where they robbed the Smash Grill on Hillside Ave. near Wexford Terrace in Jamaica Hills around 4:45 a.m. Feb. 12. The crooks stole $3,205, tobacco and a debit card from the store and an employee whose wrists were wrapped in duct tape, police said.
A week later they burst into Smiley News on McDonald Ave. and Avenue U in Gravesend around 4 a.m. and zip-tied four employees’ hands before looting the place of $3,690, three cell phones, cigarettes, Advil and condoms, according to authorities.
On Feb 25. the thieving twosome entered a Dollar General on 14th Ave. near 132nd St. in College Point brandishing a pistol and locked two employees in a back room, cops said. The crooks forced a third employee to open the store’s cash registers and a safe before jacking $1,000, two merchandise scanners, a landline phone and a Samsung Galaxy.
The most recent robbery of their relentless run took place Thursday when the bandits held up the Maspeth Deli and four customers inside the bodega on Grand Ave. near 71st. St in Maspeth, police said. They pillaged $700, credit and debit cards, wallets and an iPhone and LG phone from the pockets of the customers and lottery tickets and cash from the store’s registers.
Cops on Saturday shared surveillance footage of the suspects boarding an MTA bus and are now asking for the public’s help identifying them.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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