Police are seeking two suspects in connection to a string of car thefts targeting Chinese food delivery drivers in Queens whose vehicles were taken as they were left idling while the deliveries were made.
The NYPD has released images of two suspects who they say are connected to eight car thefts since June 8 in which delivery drivers are given instructions to make deliveries at the side or rear of a building, police stated. The suspects then allegedly drove away in their vehicles while the cars were left unattended on the street.
On Wednesday, June 8, at 245-08 149th Dr., a victim’s 2002 Honda Accord was taken and recovered 30 minutes later, police stated. A 13-year-old passenger was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property, but two other male suspects fled the scene.
In the next three incidents, which occurred between Thursday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 29, Chinese food delivery drivers all said their vehicles were taken without permission in a similar fashion, authorities added. It was not clear if any of those cars, where were taken from 148th Road, 231st Street and Craft Avenue, were ever recovered.
Also on Wednesday, June 29, a 2008 Toyota Rav4 was reported stolen at 239-12 147th Dr., police stated. It was recovered one week later, and the 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl inside were arrested and charged with grand larceny.
A similar incident was reported on Wednesday, July 13, at 245-08 149th Dr., when a Chinese food delivery driver said his 2006 Nissan Sentra was taken without permission, officials reported. Whether it was recovered remains unclear.
On Friday, July 15, a 1999 Acura TL went missing in the same fashion from 239-42 148th Rd., according to police, who added that the vehicle was recovered two days later, and the same 13-year-old girl who was previously arrested in the Rav4 was found in this vehicle. She was again charged with grand larceny, plus the added charges of criminal possession of stolen property, violation of local law, license plate violation, operating without a license and failure to signal. Other occupants fled on foot.
Most recently, on Tuesday, July 26, another Chinese food delivery driver said his Nissan Altima was taken from 259-65 Craft Ave., according to officials, who added that the photos of the two unidentified suspects were captured around this inicident. It was not clear if the vehicle has been located.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. The public can also submit their tips by logging on to www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.