Suspects Sought in 15 Queens Store Armed Robberies

By Marc Santia
|  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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A nearly two-month long crime spree continued with the robbery of a gas station in Queens this weekend.  It was the 15th hit for what police think is a pair of armed gunmen.  Marc Santia reports.

A nearly two-month long crime spree continued with the robbery of a gas station in Queens this weekend. It was the 15th hit for what police think is a pair of armed gunmen. Marc Santia reports.

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Surveillance Video: 2 Suspects Sought in 15 Queens Store Robberies

The NYPD is looking for two suspects in connection with the armed robberies of at least 15 businesses in Queens over the last two months.
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The NYPD is looking for two suspects in connection with the armed robberies of at least 15 businesses in Queens over the last two months.

Police say the male suspects wore masks during each incident. In some cases, both suspects would enter the store and one would brandish a weapon while the other stole cash and property. In other cases, both suspects brandished handguns. One suspect held up at least five of the stores on his own, though it wasn't clear if it was the same suspect acting independently in each incident. 

The robbery pattern dates back to Nov. 29 at a gas station on Farmers Boulevard. Over the next two months, one or both of the suspects robbed drug stores, bodegas, electronics stores and more gas stations. The most recent robbery connected to the pattern occurred Jan. 20 at a gas station on Hillside Avenue, police say

Rawan Chowdhury encountered both suspects when he says his cell phone store was robbed. 

"They come closer, pull their guns up and start saying 'Give me all your money' and stuff like that," Chowdhury told NBC 4 New York. 

"I (was) scared and I don't have any other choice just to leave them everything."

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. Police released surveillance video of the suspects (above).

The first suspect is described as wearing dark clothes, glasses, a Yankee baseball hat and a partial mask during the incidents. The second suspect wore a black leather jacket, dark clothes, a black face mask and a black skull cap. 

Police ask anyone with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 

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