Robbers hit Hell’s Kitchen bodega at gunpoint, steal cash and tip jar: cops

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The armed suspect shown pointing a gun at a 17-year-old male clerk at a Hell’s Kitchen grocery store during a robbery on Dec. 5, 2020.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops are looking for two thieves who struck a Hell’s Kitchen grocery store at gunpoint over the weekend, stealing not only cash from the register but also the tip jar for employees.

The NYPD released video Tuesday night of the heist, which took place at 6:15 a.m. on Dec. 5 inside the Westfield Market Place at 686 10th Ave., at the corner of West 48th Street.

The video shows the two crooks walking into the shop and immediately confronting the 17-year-old male clerk behind the counter. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded cash.

Cops said the employee provided the pair with about $100 in cash out of the register. The video shows the gun-toting perpetrator grabbing the plastic tip jar off the counter while heading out the door with his partner. 

Officers from the Midtown North Precinct responded to the incident. No injuries were reported.

The gunman is seen on camera as having a medium build and wearing a light blue surgical mask, a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black-and-white sneakers.

His accomplice is shown with a larger build and wearing a light blue surgical mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black-and-white sneakers.

Screenshot of video courtesy of NYPD

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.