NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police Monday night were on the hunt for three suspects, after another gas station was robbed in Queens.
As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported, the latest robbery happened just after 7 p.m. Monday, at 130th Street and Conduit Avenue in Ozone Park. Two masked men went inside, showed a weapon, and demanded cash.
The latest robbery comes at the heels of 15 others since Nov. 29. In each robbery, the two walk into a store, pull out a gun and demand cash, police said.
The same suspects are wanted in the 15 earlier incidents.
“I don’t like something like that happening around here that doesn’t feel safe,” said Rubin Rodriguez. “I work around here, so I go to this gas station every day.”
“It’s scary, very frightening. That’s for sure,” said Hess station customer Liz Kuhnle.
Investigators say they’re not yet sure, but they looking into the possibility the latest holdup is connected to the string of others in Queens.
Police have released surveillance images from two of the earlier incidents — one from Dec. 19 at a Gulf Gas Station on 150th Street and from the latest incident that happened Sunday at the Merrick Mobile Gas Station on Merrick Boulevard.
When Kuldip Singh called his Mobil station on Merrick on Sunday to check in, he could tell something wasn’t right.
“So, after five/ten minutes, when they called back [they] say, ‘Boss, we got robbed,’” he told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.
“They said ‘Get down,’” Abid Rahman said.
But he didn’t.
“I get out and I just jumped on my car. [My thinking] is when he come out, I’ll hit him with my car,” he said.
He said he chased one of the gunmen.
“And he just came out and started shooting,” he said.
He wasn’t hurt, but the bullet hole left in his van was the closest call in 15 armed robberies since late November.
“We want to get those people to put in jail,” he said.
In addition to surveillance video of the two robbery suspects, police have video of a young woman who may be working with the gunmen. She was spotted using a credit card that robbers took during a robbery on Tuesday.
Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.