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Cops link store heist to spree

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

Police say a Woodhaven store robbed in December was part of a spree in which at least seven other stores were hit in South and Southeast Queens.

Cops are searching for the suspect wanted in store robberies in January and February in Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Jamaica.

But police now say a robbery that occurred at a 99 cents store at 85-08 Jamaica Ave. on Dec. 14 fits the pattern of the others and was likely perpetrated by the same person. In each case, the suspect entered through the roof or air-conditioner vent of the closed store and stole money, Lotto scratch-off tickets or phone cards.

Though police did not release a description of the suspect, they say he cashed in at least one allegedly stolen lottery ticket at a bodega in East New York, Brooklyn.

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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