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CRIME BLOTTER: 7-11 Held Up for Candy and Cash by Man Faking Gun, NYPD Says

CROWN HEIGHTS — A man robbed a 7-Eleven by faking having a gun in his sweater pocket and threatening a worker before making off with cigarettes, candy and cash, police said.

The suspect entered the store at 146 Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights at 12:30 p.m. on July 30 and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes, the NYPD said. When a 20-year-old female worker handed them over, he then grabbed a bag of M&Ms and placed his hand inside his sweater pocket to simulate a gun.

He told the worker “be quiet and put the money in the page,” and the cashier gave him $30.

The man fled in a black sedan westbound on Empire Boulevard, police said.

No gun was seen during the robbery and no one was injured in the incident.

Police released an image of the suspect showing a man between 65 and 70 years old wearing black glasses, a black du-rag, gray sweater and dark colored shoes.

Other notable incidents in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush include:​​​​​

► A 16-year-old boy was robbed and beaten for his bicycle and backpack on Union Street near Franklin Avenue on July 27, police said. The teenager was knocked off his mountain bike in front of 1000 Union St. at 11:33 p.m. by an unknown man who struck him repeatedly with the bike and took his red Puma backpack, Galaxy S6 cellphone and keys. The teen was treated at the scene for minor injuries. There has been no arrest.

► A thief stole $500 and an unknown amount of money in an ATM inside a nail salon on Nostrand Avenue, police said. A worker told police a masked suspect clipped a padlocked security gate between 10:30 p.m. on July 29  and 4 a.m. on July 30 at Liberty Nostrand Nails at 1240 Nostrand Ave. and took the cash from inside drawers and made off with the ATM machine, as well. The suspect has not been identified in the burglary. A salon worker said it was the first such burglary at the salon, which has been operating on Nostrand Avenue for about four years.

► A 19-year-old worker at Wendy’s was attacked by a stranger who threw a tray at her head, police said. The teen was working at the restaurant at 469 Flatbush Ave. at 6:16 p.m. on July 31 when the suspect came in through the door, picked up a tray and threw it at her, striking her left cheek and cutting her lower lip. The suspect fled on foot. The woman was treated by EMS on the scene. There has been no arrest. No one answered the phone at the eatery Thursday afternoon.

The above list only describes those blotter items compiled by DNAinfo New York between July 26 and August 2, not all incidents that took place in a given precinct. To see all previous crime blotters from this precinct, click here.​​​​