Bedford Park merchants and vendors are on guard following two commercial robberies and a “noticed increase” in crime during the past month.
The two robberies happened on Bedford Park Boulevard, near Jerome Avenue.
At approximately 03:00 p.m., on January 5, 2012, a robber, described by police as a Hispanic male, standing between 5-feet-5 and 5-feet-7, and weighing 150 pounds, brazenly entered the K & C Candy Store, located at 239 East Bedford Park Boulevard, while the store was filled with customers.
According to the owner who declined to be identified, he walked up to the cash register and menacingly barked two words, “open” and “money,” while gesturing as if he were armed.
At approximately 06:00 p.m., on January 22, 2012, after the last two customers had exited Connie’s Laundromat, located at 39 East Bedford Park Boulevard, the perpetrator entered brandishing a firearm. He forcefully pushed the lone employee toward the back of the store, while rummaging through his pockets, for the keys to the cabinet where the money was kept. He was able to get away with approximately $300 dollars in quarters, and an undisclosed amount of bills.
Other businesses in the area say they have experienced harassment in one form or another, from rude and disruptive customers to employees being physically assaulted. In one instance an employee quit after being robbed and assaulted after leaving work.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit NYPDCrimestoppers.com.
All calls are strictly confidential.