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Cash, cigs and Red Bull; Robbers rip off E. 14th St. store

Police said two men looking for a stimulant kick and cash robbed a convenience store on E. 14th St. off of First Ave., in the early-morning hours on Sat., Sept. 26.

According to cops, around 4:20 a.m., a man walked behind the counter of the Community Grocery and Candy store, at 353 E. 14th St., just west of Papaya Dog, and brandished a knife. He demanded money from the 69-year male employee manning the till.

The robber shoved the worker aside and took around $600 from the cash register, plus seven packs of cigarettes. His sidekick acted as a lookout and swiped two cans of Red Bull as the pair exited the place. They fled on foot southbound on Avenue B.

One of the two alleged robbers. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The first individual had black hair and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, black pants and gray sneakers.

The second individual was partially bald with salt-and-pepper hair and beard and last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, black pants and gray sneakers.

Police provided photos and video of the two alleged suspects, apparently taken after the robbery.


The other alleged robber, who acted as the lookout, with what could be the two stolen cans of Red Bull in his hand. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Police ask that anyone with information call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are strictly confidential.

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