MANHATTAN — Three thugs — including one wearing a skeleton mask — robbed a West Village deli employee at knife point early Saturday morning and filmed their misdoings, but little did they know they were being filmed themselves, police said.
The suspects entered Bleecker Farm at 272 Bleecker St., near Morton Street, around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and forced an employee into the back room, police said.
A man who appears to be smiling can be seen videotaping the robbery, in which a store employee's cellphone was stolen, police said.
Police said one suspect was wearing a dark hooded coat and skeleton mask. The second suspect wore a dark coat, tan pants and a Yankees cap. The third suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt and also wore a Yankees cap.
There were no injuries, police said.
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