Three men wanted for stealing bikes from kids in East Harlem on Christmas Day

(Photos courtesy of the NYPD)

The NYPD is looking for a trio who robbed two kids at gunpoint in an effort to steal their bikes in East Harlem on Christmas Day.

Police say that at 11:53 a.m. on Dec. 25, a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were riding their bikes near Lexington Avenue and East 103rd Street when they were approached by three unknown men, who demanded the boys’ bikes.

When the kids refused, one of men told them that he had a gun and then opened his backpack, showing them the gun. The crooks then took the boys’ bikes and rode them northbound on Lexington Avenue.

On Jan. 6, the NYPD released photos and video of the suspects taken from nearby surveillance footage:

 

The suspects are described as Hispanic men. The first suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, black sweatpants, multi-colored sneakers and he had on a light colored backpack with an orange dollar sign on it; the second suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater with patches on it, black sweatpants and blue sneakers; and the third suspect, described as having curly black hair, was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweater, black sweatpants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is 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 their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

Emily Davenport