Cellphone store robbery pattern in the Bronx

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NYPD are asking anyone who recognizes this man to contact them.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown man in the above photo. The criminal being sought went on a cellphone theft robbery spree, flashing a cutting instrument in the first incident, before escalating and threatening to stab a store employee if he would not relinquish the goods in the second.

The first attack occurred on Feb 22 at approximately 10 a.m. inside a cellphone store at 101 Burnside Avenue, the Bronx, where the crook removed a displayed cellphone before fleeing to parts unknown. Police from the 46th Precinct attended the scene and there were no injuries, authorities report.

Approximately a month later, on March 18 at 7 p.m. the same robber busted into a cellphone store located at 628 River Avenue. Again, the cutting instrument was flashed before the brute broke a display cellphone from a security cable. The staff member who was threatened was ultimately unharmed and no injuries were reported.

The unidentified criminal made a speedier getaway this time around in a white SUV, driving northbound on River Avenue to an unknown location.

Police from the 44th Precinct responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual 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 CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

 All calls are kept strictly confidential.

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