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Illegal pot shop robbed in Little Italy

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Robbers hit a Little Italy-area smoke shop, making off with jars of weed, police said.

According to cops, on Thurs., Feb. 2, around 5:20 p.m., two males entered Smokers Paradise, at 174 Hester St., where one of them sprayed an unknown chemical substance into the 27-year-old male store employee’s face.

The crooks swiped two jars of cannabis, with a total combined value of around $300. They fled on foot eastbound on Hester Street toward Mott Street.

The victim refused medical attention.

The alleged reefer robbers, above and below. (NYPD)

A surveillance video clip from the store shows one of the alleged robbers, wearing a red jacket, talking to the employee and smelling a sample of flower while his sidekick, wearing a black, hooded puffer jacket, talks into a cell phone.

Police are asking anyone with information on either incident to call the N.Y.P.D.’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 or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.

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