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Man Calls for Takeout Then Robs Deliverymen at Gunpoint, Police Say

By Lisha Arino | January 23, 2015 12:37pm
 Police say the man pictured above ordered takeout from a pay phone and then held up three deliverymen at gunpoint to steal cash and food when they came to drop off the food at the Baruch Houses.
Police say the man pictured above ordered takeout from a pay phone and then held up three deliverymen at gunpoint to steal cash and food when they came to drop off the food at the Baruch Houses.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A man ordered takeout from a pay phone on three separate occasions and then held up the deliverymen at gunpoint to steal cash and the food, police said. 

The most recent incident took place at the Baruch House on Jan. 15 at 7:25 p.m., when the robber approached a 22-year-old deliveryman and stole $100 in cash, police said.

Earlier that day, at around 2:30 p.m., the suspect took $67.85 worth of Chinese food from 45-year-old deliveryman, according to the NYPD.

The thief also stole $60 in cash and food from a 16-year-old deliveryman on Jan. 11 at approximately 7 p.m., police said.

The man called from a pay phone in all three incidents, police said. 

Police described the suspect as having short hair, weighing about 200 pounds and standing approximately 5-foot-9. He had a beard during the Jan. 11 incident, police said, but was clean shaven during the last two incidents. He was wearing black sneakers and a black coat, according to the NYPD.

Other recent crimes in the 7th Precinct include:

► Two thieves stole $3,000 in cash and 180 lottery tickets worth $2,000 from the YP 99 Cents store at 24 Rutgers St. between 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 18, police said.

The thieves entered the building by removing an air vent attached to a bathroom window at the back of the store, police and store employees said, before moving toward the front of the store to snatch books of lottery tickets and the money.

The incident is just one of three recent commercial burglaries involving a suspect who particpated in all of the crimes, police said.

Thieves broke into Papito Grocery, located at 38 Jefferson St., on Dec. 30, but police did have further details regarding the incident. Burglars also targeted Fine Fare Supermarket, at 175 Clinton St., on an unknown date, where they stole approximately $5,000 from a locked office after entering through an air conditioning duct on the roof, police said. 

Although police are looking for two suspects in the YP 99 Cents store burglary, only one of the men — described as wearing gloves and a mask — took part in the other two incidents, according to the NYPD.

Owners for the grocery stores were not immediately available for comment.

► A 14-year-old boy stole a black Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from an older teen sitting on a bench inside the East Broadway F train station on Jan. 20 about 2:10 p.m., police said.

Police said the victim, a 17-year-old girl, sat on a bench on the northbound side of the platform and placed the $550 phone on her lap while she went into her bag to grab her headphones.

The 14-year-old then snatched the device and ran out of the station, according to the NYPD. The victim chased after the boy, climbing up the steps of the Madison and Rutgers streets exit, police said, but lost him when she ran toward nearby public housing complexes.

Police described the suspect as standing 5-foot-6 and weighing about 130 pounds.

► A 24-year-old man lost his $90 Calvin Klein wallet while visiting Hair of the Dog, a bar located at 168 Orchard St., on Jan. 10, police said.

The man left his jacket on a coat rack at about 8 p.m., but noticed it had gone missing during the night, according to the NYPD. He later found his coat around 12:30 a.m. but his wallet, which was in a pocket, was gone, police said.

Police said the man also lost his Chase debit card and Social Security card, as well as his French ID, driver’s license and SIM card.

Hair of the Dog did not immediately respond to a request for comment.