NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a robbery suspect caught on video walking into a cellphone store with a bouquet of flowers.
It happened around 12:20 p.m. Monday inside a Boost Mobile store on East 170th Street in the Bronx.READ MORE: New York City Rolls Out $100 Incentive For Getting Vaccinated As CDC Report Warns Delta Variant As Contagious As Chicken Pox
Police said the suspect walked in with the flowers and approached a 25-year-old female employee.
Surveillance video shows him put the flowers down and pull out an unknown object.
Police said he demanded money, then grabbed the worker and forced her into the back of the store.READ MORE: Broadway Vaccine Mandate: Audiences Must Be Vaccinated And Masked; Performers, Crew And Staff Required To Be Vaccinated
He allegedly stole $16,000 from an unlocked safe before taking off.
Police said he was last seen heading west on 17th Street toward Jerome Avenue.
The employee was not hurt in the incident.MORE NEWS: Man Suffers Broken Nose In Alleged Anti-Asian Attack At Midtown Subway Station
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.