By CBSNewYork Team

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.

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Police said the suspect walked in with the flowers and approached a 25-year-old female employee.

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Surveillance video shows him put the flowers down and pull out an unknown object.

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Police said he demanded money, then grabbed the worker and forced her into the back of the store.

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.

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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.

CBSNewYork Team