MANHATTAN — Two men have hit eight Duane Reades throughout the city, stealing 44 boxes of Rogaine, 54 Crest Whitestrips boxes, and more than 80 over-the-counter medications, according to a police report.
The spree began on May 1, when two men opened a locked case with a key at a store at 4 Amsterdam Ave. on the Upper West Side at 8 a.m. and snatched toothpaste, over-the-counter medication and other items, according to the NYPD.
The same day, about 40 minutes later, at a Duane Reade at 380 Amsterdam Ave., they opened a locked display case with a key and grabbed 19 boxes of Rogaine, police say. A box of Rogaine can cost up to $51.99, according to Walgreens' website. (Duane Reade is a subsidiary of Walgreens.)
On May 14, the duo hit a store at 866 Third Ave. in Midtown East and stole 16 boxes of Crest whitening strips from a locked display case at 9 a.m., according to the report. A box of Crest whitening strips can cost anywhere from $34.99 to $54.99.
The next day, at 8:20 p.m., they stole a large number of over-the-counter medication at a Duane Reade at 2025 Broadway.
The two suspects stole 80 boxes of over-the-counter medication at 10:05 a.m. from a store at 711 Third Avenue on May 22, and 24 boxes of Crest whitening strips on June 5 at 9 a.m. from a Duane Reade at 51 West 51 Street in Midtown, police say.
On June 30, they snatched 10 boxes of Rogaine at little after 6 p.m. from a store at 1479 Third Ave., according to the NYPD.
The duo then stole 15 boxes of Rogaine, two boxes of over-the-counter medication and 14 boxes of Crest whitening strips on Aug. 13 at 7:48 a.m. at a store at 194 East Second St. in the East Village. They fled in a tan colored van, police say.
Both men have been described as between 25 to 35 years old. One of the men is between 6 foot and 6-foot-5, with a slim build and hair in cornrows and was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweater and a dark-colored baseball cap. The second suspect also has a slim build, is around 5-foot-9 and was last seen wearing a white and blue plaid shirt and a dark-colored baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).