Video Shows Men Calmly Robbing Astoria Boutique, Cops Say

By Jeanmarie Evelly on July 12, 2013 12:07pm 

Clothing Store Robbed in Astoria
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ASTORIA — It's heist couture.

Cops are looking for three men who held up a stylish Astoria clothing store at gunpoint, making off with $1,000 in cash and merchandise, including Nike Air Jordans.

The suspects entered Long Island City Kleaners at 45-03 Broadway on Wednesday around 4 p.m., and told workers they had a gun, police said.

Crystal-clear surveillance video from the store, which has been open for about 2 1/2 years, allegedly shows the suspects calmly ransacking the shop.

They can be seen slowly emptying the cash register, stuffing cash into their pockets and swiping hats, a jacket and a pair of Michael Jordan sneakers.

Long Island City Kleaners opened in 2011, selling urban and skater-style streetwear like designer sneakers, hats and t-shirts, and clothes are displayed in plastic dry-cleaning bags, according to the shop's website.

"We don’t clean clothes but when you walk out of L.I.C.K. NYC your clothing will definitely be more fresh than when you walked in," the website reads.

The suspects are described as ranging from 5-foot-7 to 6 feet in height, and one of them has a tattoo of lips on the left side of his neck, according to the NYPD.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are confidential.

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