Police have released two videos of separate store robberies in Queens where they believe the same suspect displayed firearms in bags.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 16 at 11:10 p.m. when the suspect entered a bodega at 27-19 21st St. in Astoria and jumped over the counter and tried to open the cash register, cops said. The man then simulated a firearm inside a brown bag and ordered an employee to open the register. The employee complied and the man took the register drawer with cash in it and fled on foot.
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Two days later on Jan. 18 at 8:40 p.m. at a convenience store at 54-03 Northern Blvd. in Woodside the suspect jumped the counter and demanded money from an employee, according to police. He displayed what looked like a firearm with a bag wrapped around it. The employee listened and gave the suspect cash.The suspect then fled on foot westbound on 54th Street.
Police said they believe the same suspect was involved in both incidents but have not officially determined it to be a pattern.
Authorities describe the suspect as man with a light complexion, about 25 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, and 185 pounds.
In the Jan. 16 incident he was seen wearing a gray skull cap with a black face mask, a gray shirt wrapped around his neck, black jacket with a hood, gray sweatpants and brown boots.
On Jan. 18 he was wearing a brown T-shirt wrapped around his head, a black jackets, black jeans and black sneakers.
Surveillance video from both incidents was released.
Anyone with information about either incident is encouraged to contact the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tipsters can text information via 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577, too.
The public can also submit tips online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.