LONG ISLAND CITY — A woman held up a deli and two cellphone stores at knifepoint during a six-hour robbery spree Monday morning in Queensbridge, according to the NYPD.
The suspect first entered a deli on 40th Avenue and 12th Street just before 5 a.m., where she walked up to the counter, flashed a knife and demanded that a 20-year-old employee hand over cash from the register, police said.
The worker, who was unharmed in the incident, forked over $120 before the woman fled on foot, the NYPD said.
The same day at 10:30 a.m., the suspect robbed a Metro PCS store at knifepoint a block away at 13-05 40th Ave., where she stole about $50 from an 18-year-old worker there, according to police.
Then, just 15 minutes later, the woman tried to rob the Boost Mobile store around the block at 21st Street and 41st Avenue, but fled empty-handed after the store's 25-year-old employee refused to turn over any cash, police said.
The suspect is described as being in her 20s, standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 170 pounds. She wore a Yankees hat and a gray long sleeve sweat jacket.
Staffers at the three stores were either unavailable or declined to comment on the robberies.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).