A string of attempted deli robberies have occurred within the confines of the 104th Precinct this month, Capt. Christopher Manson told reporters last Friday.
Three delis have been the targets of brazen attempted money grabs, only one successful, with the suspects holding up each store with either a firearm or a knife.
The first robbery occurred at the Quick Stop Deli on Eliot Avenue at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 1. A male suspect of an unknown race wielding a knife attempted to rob the store, but fled without any money.
The second one happened just four days later on Nov. 5 at the 1 Neighborhood Deli on Onderdonk Avenue at 9:35 p.m. An African-American male held up the deli with a firearm but also escaped without stealing any money.
The third robbery was much more successful, as two male Hispanic bandits made out with $1,500 after entering a 67th Drive deli in Middle Village with masks on their faces and guns in hand.
“We are in the process of notifying every deli and bodega about this,” Manson said. “The actions to take are, if you can, to get the best description of the subject.”
To help combat the recent number of robberies and prepare for the holiday shopping season, nine new officers have been assigned to the precinct.
“They’re going to be mobile; we’ll put them wherever we see fit,” Manson said.
For the year, crime is down 5.4 percent in the precinct, but Manson states that there has been a recent uptick in identity theft and “snatches” on the street.
While crime for the year is down, Manson noted that there has been a 6.6 percent increase in the last 28 days compared to the same time period last year, but those numbers were heavily influenced by Hurricane Sandy and law enforcement’s strict response to the storm.
“The NYPD went on 12-hour tours and half the precinct was on patrol at one time,” he said. “So crime numbers in the city overall were lower in the aftermath of the storm. We’re fighting those numbers.”