Cops hunt for robbers who struck at least 17 times

November 17, 2010 3:20:10 PM PST
Police hope surveillance video will help stop a brazen gang of armed robbers before they strike again.

The trio of men have already hit at least 17 different businesses in three New York City boroughs.

The crime spree began on August 11, and since then, the suspects have targeted gas stations, a restaurant, a dollar store, laudromats and a series of 7-11s.

A 7-11 in Pelham Bay was targeted just last week.

The suspects enter the location, sometimes armed with a gun, and demand cash and cigarettes. They then remove the property and flee in a green or gray Ford Windstar.

The crimes usually occur between midnight and 5 a.m. in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

The first suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man between the ages of 20 and 25. The second is a black or dark-skinned Hispanic man roughly the same age, and the third is a black man, also between 20 and 25.

Anyone with information in regards to these robberies is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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