BROOKLYN — A Bonnie and Clyde wannabe couple have robbed eight shops in Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and East New York in the past two weeks, according to a police report.
The two armed bandits, a man and a woman, have been hitting delis, convenience stores, and restaurants mostly along Broadway, Fulton Street, with one or both of the suspect committing nearly a robbery a day between July 17 and Tuesday, police said.
Baz Singh, 38, the owner of a Crown Fried Chicken on Ralph Avenue that fell prey to the robber, said he's glad nobody was hurt but hopes police catch the pair.
“This is the first time that’s happened. I’ve been here six years,” said Singh, whose restaurant was robbed Saturday night. “We’re not really scared, but it’s not good. Thank God he didn’t shoot anybody, because money will come back but if my guy gets hurt, he’s not gonna come back.”
In the eight robberies the suspects have made off at least $3,321, police said, including the following incidents:
►The robbers first surfaced at about 2:20 a.m. on July 17, when they barged into a corner store at Broadway and DeKalb, flashed a handgun at the 66-year-old clerk, and stole cash from his pocket and the register, police said.
►The man popped up again the next night at about 11:15 p.m. on July 18, when they walked into a deli at the corner of New Lots and Shepherd avenues, whipped out a silver handgun, and ran off with about $700 and a cellphone, according to a police report.
►Less than three hours later, at about 1:40 a.m. on July 19, he strolled into a bodega at Broadway and Gates Avenue, pulled out a silver handgun, and demanded cash, walking off with about $700, police said.
►On July 20 at about 11 p.m., the pair showed up as a couple at a 7-Eleven on Fulton Street between Arlington Place and Bedford Avenue, flashed a black handgun at the clerk, and vanished with about $260 in cash, according to police.
►The next day, at about 12:45 p.m. on July 21, the man showed up at a grocery store on Fulton Street between Kingston and Tompkins avenues, where he stole just $31 after flashing a gun at employees, police said.
►On July 22, at about 9:50 p.m., he entered the Crown Fried Chicken, owned by Singh, at 235 Ralph Ave. between Chauncey and Bainbridge streets, menaced the employees with a gun, and made off with $1,000, according to a police report.
►After taking an apparent break on Sunday, the man showed up on Monday at about 9:48 p.m. at a grocery store at 221 Ralph Ave. between Bainbridge and Decatur streets, gun in hand, and fled with about $30, police said.
►Finally, on Wednesday, the robber held up a deli at 2484 Pitkin Ave. between Shepherd Avenue and Berriman Street, just after 1:30 a.m., and threatened the clerk with a black handgun, demanded cash, and vanished into the night with about $600, police said.
The man was described as being in his 20s, standing about 5-feet-8-inches tall and last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a white hoodie, black pants, and black sneakers, police said. The woman is about 5-feet-6-inches tall, in her 20s, and was last seen wearing all black and carrying a black purse, according to a police report.
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