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NYPD seeks suspects in Queens-Manhattan robbery spree

Astoria, Flushing, Woodhaven stores hit

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 1:11 pm | Updated: 9:55 am, Tue Jul 30, 2013.

Police are looking for two suspects wanted in a string of armed robberies that began in May and struck a half dozen stores across the borough from Astoria to Woodhaven.  

At least nine locations in two boroughs have been targeted by the same suspects, the NYPD said; six of those were in Queens and the three others were in Manhattan. 

The first robbery occurred in Woodside on May 11 at 7:05 p.m. The suspects held up Woodside Liquors at 68-18 Woodside Ave. Then on May 15 at 7:45 p.m., the same two suspects allegedly struck the Shorna Variety and Grocery store at 32-78 48 St. in Astoria.

The thieves then allegedly robbed a Sunnyside store, Desai Convenience store at 39-45 43 Ave. on June 7 at 7:35 p.m. and two Flushing locations, the Gulf Gas Station located at 154-11 Horace Harding Expressway on June 10 at 11:10 a.m. and Beverage Depot located at 166-01 Northern Blvd. on June 13 at 7:52 p.m.

On July 21 at 9:22 p.m., the same two alleged thieves headed south and held up the M&N Deli Grocery located at 96-27 Atlantic Ave. in Woodhaven. 

The suspects are also wanted for three robberies that occurred on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on May 23, June 17 and July 21. The latter robbery occurred only about two hours before the one in Woodhaven. 

In each case, the men — one armed with a gun — entered the locations and demanded money. No one has been injured as a result of the robberies. 

The suspects are both Hispanic, around 6 feet tall and between 180 and 200 pounds. One has a tattoo on his left forearm. 

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

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