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Police said this is one of the men wanted in connection with Saturday’s armed robbery.
By Michael V. Cusenza
City Police Department investigators on Monday reached out to the public for help in locating and identifying the two men wanted in connection with a recent bold broad daylight robbery of a South Ozone Park vehicle repair shop.
According to police reports, the two suspects entered Ozone Auto Body on Rockaway Boulevard near 125th Street around 1:15 p.m. last Saturday, displayed silver firearms and demanded “the payroll money.” The men then forced the owner and four employees to the ground and removed money and other personal property from them. The suspects fled the location on foot, heading eastbound on Rockaway Boulevard and then southbound on 126th Street where they hopped into white SUV, possibly a Dodge Nitro. No injuries were reported, cops said.
The first suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, 5-foot-10, last seen wearing sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket, blue jeans, and black sneakers.
The second suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, 5-foot-10, last seen wearing sunglasses, a red hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket, black pants, and black-and-white sneakers.
According to the latest available NYPD statistics, robberies in the 106th Precinct are slightly up this year compared to 2016. There have been 69 reported robberies over the first four months of 2017 in the south Queens command, compared to 64 last year at this time.
Anyone with information on the Ozone Auto Body incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential.