Brazen thieves rob Subway shop in Harlem

March 1, 2011 2:18:40 PM PST
The clerk inside the subway restaurant came face to face with a gun and lived to talk about it.

Now, police want the public's help to catch the two men who robbed it last week.

Every moment of the brazen crime was caught on camera, and the thieves moved quickly.


Farhana Karim still gets emotional when she remembers how close she came to being shot inside the harlem restaurant where she works.

"I was so nervous. I was shaking, but I guess I did well. I called the cop right away and they were here in a minute," she said.

Surveillance cameras inside the subway store caught the masked men rushing into it last Tuesday night at around 10:20. One tosses a customer to the ground. The other goes for the cash register.

"I screamed very loudly and hid myself under the table," Karim said.

But the gunman yelled at her and the clerk stood up, not knowing if her next move would be her last.

"I opened up the drawer for them. They kept saying, 'Give me the money. Give me the money.' I opened the drawer," she explained.

The gunman grabbed the cash register and both men bolted out of the store.

Today detectives returned to the store posting signs outside asking for the public's help and to update the workers on the investigation.

The detectives believe the men carefully planned the stickup. The camera inside the restaurant and the eyewitnesses offer little help. The men are wearing masks, dressed in dark clothes and wearing gloves.

However, the police cameras on the street and building cameras may help.

Police are reviewing them to see if the gunman revealed themselves gefore donning their masks.

The men are about 5' 10'-5'11. Their race is not clear.

Police tell me they don't know of any other similar stick ups in the area.

The suspects also carried a New York Sports club bag, where they put the drawer filled with money before fleeing.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

All calls are strictly confidential.