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Burglars Set Fire To Distract Worker, Clean Out Money From Laundromat

Incident Happened Last Week In The Bronx; Suspects Said To Be Black Males

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Wednesday were searching for two men who burglarized a laundromat in the Bronx, and went so far as to set a fire to distract a worker.

The suspects walked into the Classic Laundry Center, at 2371 Jerome Ave., in the West Bronx at around 12:48 a.m. last Thursday. One suspect stayed near the door, while another entered the restroom and set the fire to distract the employee, police said.

While the employee checked on the fire, the suspects climbed over a glass partition, took money, and ran off, police said.

The suspects were described as black males in their late teens. One was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie and black cargo jeans with a white belt and black boots, while the other was last seen wearing a white or gray shirt with black sleeves, gray sweat pants and black sneakers.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspects.

Anyone with information on Malone’s whereabouts was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) and enter TIP577.

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