OZONE PARK, Queens (WABC) -- Police are searching for three robbers, one wearing a mask from the film franchise "Scream," who held up a smoke shop in Queens in the middle of the day.
It was a terrifying scene, caught on camera, and the thieves got away with thousands of dollars.
It happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Briana's World on 109th Avenue in Ozone Park.
Video released by the NYPD shows the suspect wearing the "Scream" mask holding up the store using an assault rifle.
A total of three people entered the store, the other two armed with hand guns. They then demanded the employees' cell phones and stole $3,000 in cash from the register.
Police say the men got away in a black Mazda 3 sedan.
Thankfully, no one was injured.
Robberies in the 106th Police Precinct are up 20% compared to this time last year.
Citywide, they are up almost 40%.
Police are asking for the public's help tracking down the suspects in this latest holdup.
Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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