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Teens Swipe $5K in Electronic Toothbrushes from Duane Reades, Police Say

By Shaye Weaver | July 10, 2017 3:48pm

MANHATTAN — A group of electronic toothbrush bandits stole more than $5,000 worth of the devices from several Duane Reade stores, police said.

The thefts started on April 9 around 9:18 p.m., when the group went into the Duane Reade at 125 Third Ave., at 14th Street, and ran out with $1,264 in electronic toothbrushes, police said.

Two days later, on April 11, the group went into the Duane Reade at 1091 Lexington Ave., at 77th Street, around 5 p.m. and took $1,210 worth of electronic toothbrushes before fleeing, according to police.

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A few minutes later, they went into another Duane Reade at 1352 First Ave., near 72nd Street, and grabbed $3,030 in toothbrushes before running out, police said.

The group's last target was the Duane Reade at 155 E. 34th St., near Third Avenue, where they took $160 in toothbrushes from the shelf on April 23 around 9:30 p.m. before fleeing, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance photos of the suspects, who they described as four to six teenage males between the ages of 15 to 19. Police only released information on the incidents this month because they were gathering intelligence, an NYPD spokeswoman said. 

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.