NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two men wanted in a series of robberies at New York City Duane Reade stores.
The first incident took place on May 1, at 8 a.m. when the suspects opened a locked display case in the Duane Reade at 4 Amsterdam Ave on the Upper West Side. Suspects used a key to open the case and made off with toothpaste and over-the-counter medication.
Less than an hour later they entered a Duane Reade at 380 Amsterdam Ave, used a key to open a locked display case, and left with 19 boxes of Rogaine.
In at least seven later robberies the suspects followed a similar pattern — entering Duane Reade stores around Manhattan, using a key to open a locked display case, and making off with products including Crest whitening strips, over-the-counter medications, Rogaine, razors, and razor blades.
Following a robbery at an East 2nd Street Duane Reade on Saturday, August 13, the men fled in a tan colored van.
The suspects have been described as black males between the ages of 25 and 35. One suspect was between 6’0″ and 6’5″ with a slim build, cornrows, and wearing a dark sweater and a dark baseball cap. The other suspect was 5’9″ with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a white and blue plaid shirt, and a dark colored baseball cap.
Anyone with information regarding this incident has been asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.