Robber Threatens With Flammable Liquid, Lighter

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    A robber at a check-cashing business in Manhattanville threatened the workers there by throwing a cup of flammable liquid and demanding cash while holding up a lighter. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013)

    Police say a robber struck two different Manhattan cash-checking businesses, threatening workers each time with flammable liquid and a lighter. 

    At about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 24, the robber walked into a Pay-O-Matic at 3352 Broadway holding a cup filled with flammable liquid, police said. He threw it under the cashier window and demanded cash while holding a lighter.

    When the worker complied and handed over a bag filled with cash, the robber ran off. 

    On Jan. 25, the suspect went into  PLS Check Cashing at 2040 Amsterdam Ave. and again poured an unknown liquid from a bottle onto the counter while holding a lighter and demanding money. He ended up leaving without any cash.

    Police have released surveillance video from one of the robberies.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at 

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