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Front Page November 16, 2012  RSS feed

Bandit Strikes Bowling Alley

Takes Cash, Then Splits In Ozone Park
by Robert Pozarycki

Just after closing time, a gun-toting crook rolled into a bowling alley in Ozone Park early on Monday morning, Nov. 12, taking thousands of dollars in cash and leaving several workers bound with duct tape, law enforcement sources said.

As of press time, the suspect behind the caper—described by the NYPD as an African-American male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark clothing—remains at large.

Reportedly, the stickup took place just before 12:05 a.m. on Monday morning at the Cozy Bowl bowling alley located at 98-18 Rockaway Blvd.

According to information obtained by police, several bowling alley workers were in an office space when they were confronted by the bandit, who was armed with a silver handgun.

Law enforcement sources said the perpetrator tied the victims’ wrists with duct tape and removed over $10,000 in cash from the location.

The thief then reportedly fired a shot into the air and then fled from the scene in an unknown direction.

Members of the 106th Precinct responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about the incident. None of the victims were injured.

Police initiated a land-and-air search of the surrounding area for the suspect behind the caper, with the NYPD Aviation and K-9 units joining the 106th Precinct in the hunt for the suspect. Despite their efforts, authorities noted, no immediate arrests were made.

The case was presented to the 106th Precinct Detective Squad for further investigation, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the robbery that could prove helpful is asked to call the 106th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718- 845-2260; all calls will be kept strictly confidential.