Feb. 10, 2020 By Kristen Torres
A man broke into an Astoria tobacco shop and stole $5,000 and nine cartons of cigarettes earlier this month, police said.
The suspect made his way into Tobacco-N-Vape, located at 33-18 31st Ave., on Jan. 16 at around 4:42 a.m. by breaking a lock at the store’s front entrance.
The thief took the cash and cigarettes and then fled in an unknown direction.
Police describe the suspect as in his mid-30s. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
5k in a vape store? That wouldn’t be the cash limit they could claim would it?
what kind of a small business keeps $5,000 cash on hand and doesn’t make regular deposits to the bank? these shady little tobacco stores have been popping up all over Astoria the past couple of years. I think there’s more than meets the eye.
Try Kaufman/Silver Cup. Don’t know his name or whereabouts but have seen him walking around bragging about being an actor. Probably an extra / PA wannabe. He sometimes hangs out to purchase food at Key Food on newtown ave.
When he gets caught he will get Mets tickets. Astoria used to be so nice. Now dirtbags are out in full force. Meanwhile politicians are worried about plastic bags.