NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Saturday linked a pattern of eight robberies targeting businesses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
As CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported, the robberies were all committed at gunpoint, and a gun was fired in one of the incidents, police said.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Police Departments Travel To Harlem In Tribute To Fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
The robberies happened at the following times and locations:
Around 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, two masked men walked into the MBA Wireless Store at 1171 Second Ave. in the Upper East Side. One took out a black handgun and demanded money from the store’s register, and an employee handed over about $250, police said.
Around 7:45 p.m. the same day, the suspects – again wearing masks – walked into Cure Pharmacy at 1025A Third Ave. in Midtown East — just a block from Bloomingdale’s. One suspect walked up to the cash register while the other went to the back of the store where prescription drugs are kept and demanded all the “oxy,” or oxycodone, police said.
As an employee tried to give the suspect the drugs, he became agitated and asked, “Do you think I’m playing?” before firing his gun into the rear wall of the store, police said. He was given a quantity of oxycodone pills in a white paper bag, police said.
Meanwhile, the other suspect ordered the employees to lie on the ground, police said. The suspects also made off with about $300, police said.
“They displayed a gun and told me to give them the money,” MBA Wireless store employee Guillermo DeJesus told CBS2’s Sonia Rincon.
DeJesus, who asked that CBS2 not show his face, said he followed their instructions and got on the ground.
“I mean, I was pretty scared,” he said.
It was the last thing he expected to happen here in the middle of the day.
“The fact that they were so brazen to just do that at 4 in the afternoon,” he said.