August 1, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole more than $14,000 in cash and goods from two bodegas and a restaurant in the Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst neighborhoods last month.
The first burglary happened on July 12 at around 2:30 a.m., when the thief entered the Super Bazaar grocery/bodega at 75-10 31st Ave. through a rear door and by pushing in an air conditioning unit, police say.
Once inside, he stole $2,400 in cash, $1,000 in rolled coins, cigarettes, prepaid calling cards, and lottery tickets.
The next incident happened just before 4 a.m. on July 25, when the same thief stole $550 in cash from Growing Farm at 76-21 37th Ave. after entering the site through a back alleyway.
Astonishingly, the thief then broke through a plasterboard wall at Growing Farm and was able to enter Due Fratelli, the Italian restaurant next door at 76-23 37th Ave., according to police.
The thief stole a whopping $8,000 from the restaurant, and a laptop valued at $2,600.
The cash and goods stolen in the three incidents are valued at $14,550 at least.
Police have provided surveillance video showing the suspect, wearing all black and with a face mask, at Super Bazaar and at the back alleyway connecting to Growing Farm.
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.