June 29, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
Police are looking for four men wanted for robbing six businesses throughout central and western Queens over the past month.
The alleged thieves hit three gas stations, two delis and a 7Eleven from May 31 through June 22 – and made off with around $14,300 in total cash, according to police.
In each incident, the assailants stole a cash register from the targeted premises before fleeing. In most cases the thieves displayed a knife or firearm before threatening a staff member at the store.
The first robbery took place in Richmond Hill on May 31 just before 4 a.m. when two thieves entered Gourmet Deli, located at 91-06 Van Wyck Expressway, and displayed firearms before shouting “don’t touch anything” in Spanish. They then took a cash register containing $1,500 and fled in a dark-colored vehicle eastbound on the Van Wyck Expressway, according to police.
Two weeks later on June 14 at around 10:55 p.m., two assailants raided “Sunny Deli”, located at 84-77 Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica Hills, swiping a cash register containing $1,200. They then fled the scene in a blue SUV northbound on Parsons Boulevard.
Three days later on June 17 at around 2 a.m. two suspects hit 7-Eleven, located at 168-01 Union Turnpike in Hillcrest. The suspects told the worker there that they had weapons and then they jumped over the sales counter and took a cash register containing $700. Police say the suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Just over an hour later the suspects hit a Shell gas station in Glendale – but this time the pair were accompanied by two other suspects. The four men entered the station, located at 90-05 Myrtle Ave., at around 3:15 a.m. before one of the suspects simulated a firearm under his sweatshirt to a worker. The group then stole two cash registers containing $5,000 and then fled on two motorcycles northbound on Woodhaven Boulevard.
Police released a video taken from the Glendale robbery showing two of the men leaping over the counter and stealing the two cash registers.
Five days later, on June 22 at around 6 p.m., two suspects targeted a Shell gas station in Jackson Heights, located at 71-08 Northern Blvd. The pair entered the premises and pulled out a knife before one of them yelled at a worker “step back or he will kill you.” They then removed a cash register containing $900 before fleeing in a purple Honda Odyssey to parts unknown, according to police.
The latest robbery took place in Astoria on June 22 at around 6:25 p.m. when two suspects raided a Mobil gas station, located at 44-02 Astoria Blvd. One of the assailants displayed a knife before they went on to steal a cash register which contained $5,000 and $500 worth of store merchandise. They then fled in a motor vehicle to parts unknown, police said.
Police say that the thieves stole around $14,300 cash in total.
The first suspect is described as having a medium complexion with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a green-colored hooded Nike sweatshirt, black pants, black boots and a yellow ski mask.
The second suspect also has a medium complexion with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black-colored hooded sweatshirt with the word “Money” emblazoned on the front, gray sweatpants and black sneakers. Police released images of the first and second suspect.
The NYPD did not provide a description of the two other suspects wanted for questioning.
Police also released an image of a Honda Odyssey they believe the suspects used.
There were no reported injuries during the robberies, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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 on the Crime Stoppers website or through Twitter @NYPDTips.