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Man Robs 5 East Side Dry Cleaners at Knife Point, Police Say

Laundromat Bandit
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MANHATTAN — A man robbed five Manhattan laundromats at knife point in February and March — and in one case punched a 70-year-old female worker in the face, police said.

The robber first struck 217 Laundromat, 217 E. 26th St., at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, making off with $300 from the register, according to the NYPD.

He headed uptown on Feb. 26, hitting Alpine Cleaners at 178 E. 70th St., where he stole $200 at about 7:30 p.m., police said.

On March 12, the man punched a worker at Elegant Cleaners and Tailors, 168 E. 24th St., while stealing $300 about 6:45 p.m., according to the NYPD.

Then on March 27, the robber attacked a 70-year-old woman working at 29th Street Laundry, 212 E. 29th St. near Third Avenue, after she refused to hand over money, police said. He fled about 7:30 p.m. without getting cash, and the woman was not seriously injured, police said.

The man struck most recently on March 29, when stole $500 from Lok's Laundry at 354 E. 81st St. at 5:20 p.m., according to the NYPD.

Police described the suspect as a 45- to 55-year-old man, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a dark waist-length jacket, blue hoodie and blue jeans and was carrying a small silver knife, police said.

Anyone with information regarding is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering "TIP577."