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Police Searching for Three Men in Connection to String of Astoria Burglaries

Chicken Shack, one of the stores burglarized

April 12, 2018 By Tara Law

Police are searching for three men in connection to five burglaries and one attempted burglary across Astoria in February and March.

The first known incident took place at a bodega at 23-38 31 Street on Feb. 26 at 7 a.m., police say.

The man police call “individual number two” climbed through an unlocked window at the back of the bodega and grabbed $650 in cash. He then climbed back out the window and took off.

Individual number two is described as being white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 150 pounds.

The police also believe that one of the three men broke into Sac’s Place Italian Restaurant at 22-41 Broadway by climbing through the restaurant’s front screen at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. The suspect allegedly took off with $100 in cash from the registers.

Police also allege that suspect “number one” and “two” broke into Green Apple Delight, a juice bar at 29-12 Crescent St., through the basement on March 3 at 3:08 a.m. The men grabbed property and $850 cash and took off down 30th Avenue.

Suspect “number one” is described as being black, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and about 180 pounds.

One of the three suspects also tried to break into Old Neighbors, a dry cleaner and laundry business at 34-17 Broadway, through a back door on March 17 at 2:28 a.m. The man failed to get inside and fled.

At 5:00 a.m. that same morning, individual number one went into Chicken Shack at 36-19 Broadway through a back door. He grabbed blank checks and took off, police say.

The final burglary took place on March 31 at 5:30 a.m. One of the men smashed a glass door at Mokja Korean Eatery, located at 35-19 Broadway, and went inside. He took at least one paycheck, an HTC cellphone, an Android cellphone and an unknown number of tablet devices.

Police describe the third individual as being black, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 190 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). 

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I am shocked that this could happen here with so many patrol cars, people and surveillance cameras all over the place. Lock your windows and doors!

Athena Emmanouilidis

This is terrible! If you recognize this person or know who they are, turn them in!


I guess the cop cars patrolling the area are not deterring some crime. But I am sure they can respond faster to calls or emergencies. Neighbors residents are also very oblivious nowadays because its so commercial around here and we have become used to people walking around at every hour of the day and night.


Its seems like people up to no good are walking around Astoria looking for places to rob. Be careful folks and be an alert.


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