Thieves wanted for using flat tire scheme to rob Queens drivers
Police are searching for three suspects in 12 separate thefts that occurred between August and February in Queens.
In most of the incidents, one of the suspects tells the victim that he or she has a flat tire. When the victim goes to investigate the flat tire, the suspects remove property from inside the car. In many instances, the victim was leaving a bank when they were targeted by the suspects.
The robberies have occurred in various neighborhoods in Queens, including Flushing, Broad Channel, South Richmond Hill, Queens Village and Sunnyside. All of the incidents have occurred during the day.
The most recent incident occurred on Feb. 28 in a parking lot on Northern Boulevard. One of the suspects approached the victim and told him he had a flat tire while another suspect sprayed something on the victim’s jacket. The first suspect convinced the victim to take his jacket off and put it on the car. While the victim was distracted, the second suspect removed the jacket from the car.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.