Cops are looking for a trio who are said to be behind a series of scooter robberies that took place over the course of the last month in Cypress Hills.
The pattern of violent thefts began on Monday, June 26, when a 23-year-old man was approached by two individuals at Van Siclen Avenue and Glenmore Avenue at around 9 p.m. The victim told cops the two men punched him in the face and unsuccessfully attempted to take his scooter. After the failed attempt, the two men fled eastbound on Glenmore Avenue.
That same night at 11 p.m, a 22-year-old man was parking his scooter near the intersection of New Lots Avenue and Atkins Avenue when he was approached by a man with a firearm, demanding he hand over the key to this scooter.
The robber proceeded to punch and kick the victim before fleeing the scene on the stolen scooter. Paramedics treated the victim on the scene for minor injuries. Cops later recovered the scooter in the vicinity of Barbey Street and Linden Boulevard.
Weeks later on Monday, July 24, two men attacked a 23-year-old man at Van Siclen Avenue and Pitkin Avenue and forcibly stole his scooter.
The victim told cops that the two men punched him in the face before riding off on the moped in an unknown direction at around 5:55 p.m. Paramedics brought the 23-year-old to New York City Health+Hospitals/Kings County, where he was treated for his injuries.
The pattern continued the following day, in front of 293 Miller Avenue at 3:35 p.m. Police said a 28-year-old man was attacked by a group of men who punched him in the face and forcibly removed his scooter.
The men fled the scene on the stolen scooter while the victim was taken to Brookdale University Hospital for treatment.
Cops are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the three suspects to come forward.
Police described one of the suspects as a male with a dark complexion, slim build and dreadlocks. His two accomplice are described as males with a dark complexion and a slim build.
In the 75th Precinct, which covers Cypress Hills and East New York, reported robberies in 2023 are so far up almost 10% when compared to the same period last year.
According to the latest police department data, from Jan. 1 to July 30, there were 57 reported robberies — up from 52 in the same seven-month period in 2022.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual 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 Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.