Armed Robbers Held Up East Village Cellphone Store Twice, Police Say

By Leslie Albrecht on February 2, 2012 8:18pm 

MANHATTAN — A pair of armed thieves is wanted for a string of heists that in the East Village and on the Upper East Side — including robbing the same cellphone store twice, police said.

The gun-toting suspects began their two-month alleged spree at the Healthsource Pharmacy at 1302 Second Ave. on the Upper East Side on December 12, 2011, police said.

Chilling video footage shows one of the suspects pointing a gun at a pharmacy employee and forcing him behind the counter.

The suspect demanded narcotics from the clerk, then fled on foot south on Second Avenue, police said.

Police say the same men robbed a Metro PCS at 350 E. 14th Street twice — once on Jan. 6 and then again on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 6 at 6:45 p.m. one of the suspects whipped out a gun while the other took cash from the register. One of the suspects allegedly stole a store employee's personal cellphone, police said.

Then on Jan. 20 about 7:10 p.m. they allegedly struck there again.

In that incident, one of the suspects pretended he had a gun and demanded money. An employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, then the suspects fled on foot, police said.

Both of the suspects are described as 40-50 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1 and 150-200 pounds.

Police said they were wearing dark clothes and latex gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
 
All calls are strictly confidential.

Police are on the hunt for a thief who held up an Upper East Side pharmacist with a gun on Monday, Dec. 12, 2007.
Police are on the hunt for a thief who held up an Upper East Side pharmacist with a gun on Monday, Dec. 12, 2007.
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