They’ve done it again.
The same thieves who robbed the Sprint store in Sunnyside on November 20 have also struck cell phone stores in North Corona and Elmhurst.
Police say the November 20th incident occurred at roughly 12:35 p.m., when two unidentified men entered the Spring store and approached a 22-year-old employee. One of the suspects took out a gun and demanded cash and merchandise.
The employee complied, as the suspects took 45 Apple iPhones and $3,500 in cash.
The next incident took place on Saturday, December 3 at 5:35 p.m. Two unknown individuals entered a T-Mobile store at 86-16 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. Again, they took out a gun and demanded everyone to move to the back of the store.
The robbers then removed $600 worth of property. One store employee tried to chase after the suspects, causing one of the thieves to shoot the gun at the employee’s direction. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Three weeks later, they struck again. Two unidentified men entered the Sprint store at 37-50 Junction Boulevard in North Corona at 12:15 p.m., displaying a gun. They forced two employees and two customers to the back of the store, where they bound them with tape.
The suspects then took store merchandise and receipts, including 218 electronic devices such as iPhones, iPads, Samsung phones and tablets. They also grabbed $800 in cash.
The crooks then took $700 in cash from one customer, $400 from another, and $30 from a female employee before running away.
The last robbery occurred on Christmas day at noon. Two men with handguns walked into the MetroPCS at 97-14 Queens Boulevard in Rego Park with handguns. They forced three employees and three customers to the back of the store.
One of the thieves walked to the front of the store to remove all the cash from the register. Another suspect entered the store and took all the cell phones from the displays.
One of the crooks who remained in the back of the store put his gun down momentarily to tie a 56-year-old customer with duct tape. At that moment, the three teenage employees tackled the suspect and subdued him, but he was able to escape into a waiting vehicle with the rest of the suspects.
Below are photos of some of the suspects in question:
Authorities also shared two videos of the incidents, posted below: