The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating two people who have committed a series of phone shop robberies – four in Queens and one in Brooklyn – since February 13. Their last strike dates back to April 12.
The pair hit T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile stores in the 102nd, 103rd, 104th and 111th wards in Queens and the 75th ward in Brooklyn, always hitting between 5:15 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.
Police did not provide exact locations of locations in Queens that were affected. Once inside the stores, the men approach the display counter and break the lock with a hammer before removing the iPhones. The value of the stolen phones to date is estimated at nearly $9,900.
One individual is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 40-50 years old. He is 6ft 1in tall and slim. He wore all-black clothes, blue sneakers, and had a white mask under his chin.
The second is described as a dark-skinned man around 40-50 years old, of heavy build and wearing a dark hooded jacket with white stripes down the side of the sleeves. He was also wearing black pants, with light blue sneakers. He walks with a limp.
Both men were carrying Target shopping bags containing hammers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging on to nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All advice is strictly confidential.