STATEN ISLAND, NY – The NYPD is investigating whether there is a link between a pair of morning heists at a bagel store within half a mile of each other in New Springville, said a law enforcement source at Advance / SILive.com.
The investigation was sparked after a suspect jumped over the counter at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday morning inside Richmond Bagels & Deli on Richmond Hill Road near Richmond Avenue and pressed an object against the back of a worker before asking for money, police said.
In this incident, the assailant fled the scene with an unknown amount of money heading south towards Richmond Hill Road, authorities said.
Just a day earlier, a man jumped over the counter and held up what appeared to be a weapon against the body of a worker at around 1:55 a.m. at Nome Superette & Bagels located at 452 Nome Avenue, said the police.
When the employee opened the register, the assailant seized at least $ 150 in cash and fled on foot westbound on Steinway Avenue.
An employee of Richmond Bagels & Deli, who declined to be named, said the theft was “a disgrace” but remained confident that police would be able to arrest the perpetrator.
The descriptions of suspects in the two incidents were very similar, with officers looking for a white male between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.