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Police looking for robbers in W. Qns.

Street vendors, food chains and residents have been targets

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:52 pm, Thu Mar 22, 2012.

Several burglars and robbers remain at large and are wanted in connection with a variety of incidents around Corona, Astoria and Elmhurst. Anyone with information on any of the incidents listed below 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.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, a man robbed a Papa John’s restaurant at National Street and 43rd Avenue in Corona, police said. He walked in the restaurant near midnight, pulled out a silver gun and demanded money from the register. When the teller didn’t respond, the man fired one round into the wall, grabbed cash and fled, according to police. Two weeks later, the same man entered a 7-Eleven at 107-24 Corona Ave., police said, again pulling out a silver gun and demanding cash. He took the money and fled on foot.

Police have described the man as being Hispanic, dark-skinned, in his mid-20s to early 30s and stocky. He has a thin mustache.

On Jan. 19, two men broke into an apartment at 23-39 Ave. in Astoria between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., according to police. They stole laptops, iPods, jewelry and a debit card. A few hours later, a woman tried using the stolen debit card at a Walgreens at 3085 East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx. The card was declined and she left the store, as captured by surveillance footage.

On Feb. 4, two young men entered the basement parking garage of 22-14 Astoria Blvd. in Astoria and stole two mountain bikes, according to police. Both are described as being Hispanic, between the ages of 16 and 22, with dark hair. Surveillance footage captured the two as they entered the building.

An armed robber has been targeting street food vendors. In eight incidents, from March 2 through 10, the man approached vendors, demanded money, then fled, police said. In a ninth incident, the man stole from a livery cab driver.

The man has robbed four street vendors in Elmhurst, frequently on Queens Boulevard near the Queens Center mall. Two further robberies occurred in Rego Park, another in Ozone Park and a fourth in Astoria, right outside Long Island City High School, according to police. All the victims have been men between the ages of 37 and 60.

The suspect is described as being either Hispanic or white, between 20 and 25 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.

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