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Police hunt for gas station robbers in Bellerose

Surveillance footage released by police shows two men wanted in connection with a string of gas station stickups across the borough. Images and video courtesy NYPD
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BELLEROSE — The NYPD released video footage of two men suspected of stick-ups at several gas stations in Queens using the same modus operandi, cops said.

The first incident occurred March 16, when one of the men drove a black minivan to a Gulf gas station, at 241-15 Hillside Ave. in Bellerose, and then got out to scout the location at about 5:40 a.m., according to police.

The other man then exited the minivan, entered the station and simulated a gun under his shirt, demanding cash and cigarettes, according to the NYPD. The man then returned to the minivan and the duo fled, police said.

The pair performed the same routine three days later at about 4 a.m. at an Exxon gas station, at 137-21 Liberty Ave. in Richmond Hill, although in this instance one of the men actually pulled a black firearm on the clerk, cops said.

On March 20, they struck again at about 6:20 a.m. at a Mobil Gas Station, at 133-11 Roosevelt Ave., where one of the suspects also flashed a black handgun, according to police.

The suspects are described as two Hispanic men. One is 5 feet 10 inches tall with a large build and a moustache. The other was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and facial hair and was reportedly wearing a black hooded jacket.

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