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Astoria Supermarket Employee Assaulted by Pair Trying to Steal Groceries


Aug. 14, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Police are looking for a man and a woman who assaulted an employee at an Astoria supermarket last Friday while they were trying to flee the store with stolen groceries.

The male suspect whacked a 54-year-old employee with a broom at around 3 a.m. when the worker confronted the pair for not paying for their food items while leaving Trade Fair Supermarket, located at 22-20 36th Ave., police said.

The alleged shoplifter slashed the employee’s arm, and the pair managed to exit the store on foot in an unknown direction. The victim told police he didn’t require medical attention.

Police released the following descriptions of the alleged thieves.

The male suspect is described as having a heavy build and black hair. He was last seen wearing a gray sleeveless shirt, black shorts with white stripes on the side and a black hat.

Police said the woman has a heavy build and black hair in a bun. She was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt, black tights, black sandals and a black mask and  was carrying a brown purse.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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Marty B

Fortunately the man involved was stupid enough not to be wearing a face mask so was able to be seen by the video cam and left out from his description is the fact that he’s sporting what appears to be a paw tattoo on his right upper arm

Macaroni in a pot

Two people with “heavy builds” at a supermarket – you think their budget for groceries ran dry?


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