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Brooklyn trio branches out with Queens heist

Gunmen rob laundries, restaurants

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three men who have staged 10 early-morning robberies in laundries and chicken restaurants since Jan. 19.

Police said in all the incidents, one of the men brandishes a gun as all three, wearing masks and gloves, enter the business.

They then proceed to rob any employees and customers in the establishments and empty the cash registers.

Police say no one yet has been hurt in the incidents.

The first nine robberies were in Brooklyn — on Feb. 18 and 20 there were two robberies within hours of each other — before allegedly hitting the Megawash Laundry at 128-07 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica in the 113th Precinct just after 3 a.m. on Feb. 25.

The first incident took place at the Choo Choo Laundry on East 102nd Street in Brooklyn on Jan. 19. They waited almost a month before striking on Feb. 12 at 12:48 a.m. at the Kennedy Fried Chicken restaurant located on Avenue D.

That was the first of five crimes in five days as the team hit a laundry on Coney Island Avenue the following morning, one on Stone Avenue on Feb. 16 and laundries on Avenue D and Flatbush Avenue about 38 minutes apart on Feb. 18.

Two days later they are believed to have robbed a Crown Grilled Chicken restaurant on Cortelyou Road at 2:25 a.m., followed by Dexter Express Laundry on Clarendon Road at 4:40 a.m.

After robbing a laundry on New Utrecht Avenue on Feb. 22 and laying low for three days, the trio struck the Jamaica laundry.

Anyone with information on the robberies or the identities and location of the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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