Police are searching for a pair of brazen ATM robbers who strolled into a Queens convenience store and rolled the ATM away over the weekend.
According to the NYPD, it happened on Sunday, June 12th, at 1:38 p.m. at the Ozone Howard Smoke Shop at 137-20 Cross Bay Boulevard: "[T]he two suspects placed the store's ATM on a hand truck, wheeled it outside and loaded it onto their vehicle. When the store's 53 year-old male employee tried to intervene, one of the males displayed a handgun. The suspects fled in the vehicle, westbound on 149 Avenue." Now they just have to figure out how to open it.
The police released images of the suspects—one is a male, 25-35 years old, who was last seen wearing a black sweater, blue jeans, sunglasses, a black t-shirt and multi-colored sneakers; and the other is male, 25-35 years old, who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a white bandanna on his head, black gloves, sunglasses and dark colored pants—as well as an image of their car, an older model Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.