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Rego Park Deli Bandits Blitzed Businesses In Bklyn., Queens

Cops Seek Armed 'USC' Thief And Two Others
by Robert Pozarycki

The trio of gun-toting suspects who swiped cash from a Rego Park grocery store early last Wednesday morning, July 8, are believed to be responsible for a dozen other robberies in Brooklyn and Queens since June, police reported.

Law enforcement sources said the bandits visited the Super deli located at 61-25 Woodhaven Blvd. at around 12:55 a.m. last Wednesday morning, taking an undisclosed amount of money from the register.

Officers from the 112th Precinct responded to the scene. No injuries were reported, and no immediate arrests were made.

Following an investigation, police said, it was determined that the bandits had also robbed a bodega at 21- 37 21st Ave. in Astoria about an hour before the Rego Park stickup. They were additionally linked to 11 heists at gas stations, convenience stores and bodegas within the confines of the 94th, 108th, 112th and 114th precincts between June 14 and July 2.

Included in the series of stickups was the holdup of a 7-Eleven store at 66-04 Queens Blvd. in Woodside at around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, as reported in the July 9 issue of the Times Newsweekly.

Surveillance cameras captured the images of three suspects wanted in connection with a pattern of 13 robberies around Brooklyn and Queens, including the July 8 stickup at a Rego Park delicatessen. According to police, the masked perpetrator shown in the top photo was spotted at each of the stickups wearing the same USC sweatshirt. Surveillance cameras captured the images of three suspects wanted in connection with a pattern of 13 robberies around Brooklyn and Queens, including the July 8 stickup at a Rego Park delicatessen. According to police, the masked perpetrator shown in the top photo was spotted at each of the stickups wearing the same USC sweatshirt. The suspects behind the pattern were described by police as three males who were observed wearing masks and gloves to conceal their identities.

In each of the incidents, law enforcement sources said, one of the perpetrators was observed wearing a burgundy USC sweatshirt.

Police said the other robberies in the pattern include the following:

• Sunday, June 14, at 2:15 a.m. inside the J & L Fruit and Vegetables store located at 21-03 45th Ave. in Long Island City;

• Sunday, June 14 at around 4 a.m. inside the 7-Eleven store located at 30-01 30th Ave. in Astoria;

• Tuesday, June 16, at 12:01 a.m. at the Mobil gas station located at Boody Street and 30th Avenue in East Elmhurst;

• Wednesday, June 17, at 10:20 p.m. inside the Angel food market located at 77 Driggs Ave. in Greenpoint;

• Thursday, June 18, at 12:35 a.m. inside the Shell gas station located at 34-17 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City;

• Thursday, June 18, at 12:40 a.m. inside the SAS deli and grocery located at 38-02 31st St. in Long Island City;

• Saturday, June 27, at around 4:05 .m. inside the 7-Eleven store located at 61-19 Northern Blvd. in Woodside;

• Sunday, June 28, at 1 a.m. inside a bodega located at 146 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint;

• Sunday, June 28, at 3:20 a.m. inside the 7-Eleven located at 101-04 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills; and,

• Tuesday, June 30, at around 1:15 a.m. inside a bodega located at 50-52 69th St. in Woodside.

The investigation is ongoing, police said. As of press time, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information regarding the pattern that could prove helpful is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (followed by the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.