Burglars Steal Over $30K From Businesses Closed By Pandemic

Metro PCS robbery
Photo credit NYPD

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A pair of thieves made off with more than $30,000 in goods from businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, police said. 

Authorities say the two are connected to seven separate break-ins in Queens Village in April and May, mostly on Hillside Avenue. 

The unidentified robbers hit a Papa John’s, a local beauty salon and a Metro PCS just days apart.

In one instance, the crooks made off with $18,000 in cash, liquor, an electric bike and kitchen utensils from Rajdhani Indian Restaurant.

Three weeks later, the men broke into the beauty salon and Metro PCS. The salon reported $400 missing along with some hair products while the cell phone store lost $300 in cash and 17 cellphones valued at $10,000.

The NYPD has released photos of the two from the Metro PCS burglary.

Anyone with information about the incidents or information in regard to the identity of the individuals, is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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