These cowboys have been flying around Staten Island’s North Shore, usually on Forest Avenue, since August, pulling their dark-colored 2002-to-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee up to nail salons, dry cleaners, hair stylists, and others among the remaining businesses in that part of the island, and snatching their receipts, often grabbing the whole cash register rather than going to the trouble to crack it open.
Their last hits were on November 11, when they robbed no less than five businesses; they’re thought to have pulled 11 jobs in all. The legman is believed to be white or Hispanic. We realize that’s unhelpful, so maybe the real message her is: if you have a business on Forest Avenue, get an alarm system. Also, if you have information as to these men or these incidents, NYPD asks you to contact 1-800-577-TIPS(8477), www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 20, 2009