Pair Have Been Sought In Connection With Dozens Of Robberies

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery pattern in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Charges were pending against the 49-year-old man and authorities were still looking for a second suspect identified as Richard Rivera, 43, police said.

Rivera was described as 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, Hispanic, with black hair, and brown eyes. He is believed to be armed and has reportedly been seen fleeing the scene of the robberies in a late-model, dark-colored Nissan Altima or Toyota Camry.

The pattern of crimes supposedly began on May 11, just after 7 p.m. at Woodside Wine and Liquors, on Woodside Avenue. Although similar robberies have been reported as early as February, police said.

Subsequent robberies occurred on 2nd Avenue and York Avenue along Manhattan’s East Side, in Queens, and in the Bronx at gas stations, liquor stores, and convenience stores, police said.

In addition to the incidents listed below the suspects may have also been involved in a series of similar robberies that occurred during August and September, police said.

The most recent incident is believed to have taken place on Wednesday at Everest Convenience on East 80th Street in Manhattan shortly before 10 p.m.

Other incidents are listed below:

May 15,  at 7:45 p.m. — Shorna Variety and Grocery on Woodside Avenue in Queens.

May 23, at 4:50 p.m. — York Food and Convenience on York Avenue in Manhattan.

June 7, 7:35 p.m. — Desai Convenience Store on 43rd Avenue in Queens.

June 10, at 11:10 a.m. — Gulf Gas Station on the Harding Expressway in Queens.

June 13, 7:52 p.m. — Beverage Depot on Northern Boulevard in Queens.

June 17, 11:23 p.m. — Hi-Fi News And Grocery on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.

July 21, 7:04 p.m. — Orlando News on York Avenue in Manhattan.

July 21, 9:22 p.m. — M&N Deli Grocery on Atlantic Avenue in Queens.

July 25, 4:40 p.m. — Dhaka Mini Market on Grand Ave in Queens.

Anybody with information has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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