An Upper East Side robbery suspect stole lottery tickets, police say | Upper East Site, NYPD
An Upper East Side robbery suspect stole lottery tickets, police say | Upper East Site, NYPD

UES Robbery Suspect Skips the Cash, Swipes the Lotto Tickets Instead: NYPD

He doesn’t have a dollar, but apparently, he still has a dream. Police say a suspect robbed a pair of delis last week — including one on the Upper East Side — but didn’t swipe any cash. Instead, investigators say the violent suspect looted lottery tickets from the Carnegie Hill shop.

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Just before 8:00 pm last Sunday, January 15th, detectives say the suspect walked into S.M. News and Grocery, located at 1419 Lexington Avenue, at the corner of East 93rd Street, and asked the clerk for a free soda. Police say the suspect wouldn’t take no for an answer — threatening the 21-year-old employee with violence and making off with $1,420 in scratchers.

S.M. News & Grocery is located at located at 1419 Lexington Avenue, near East 93rd Street | Upper East Site
S.M. News & Grocery is located at located at 1419 Lexington Avenue, near East 93rd Street | Upper East Site

Five days later, on Friday, January 20th, the suspect struck again, police say. This time around, targeting a deli in broad daylight, at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 12th Street in the West Village. It was just after 11:00 am when police say the suspect walked in and stole $9,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.

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Detective released surveillance images of the suspect Sunday night, which were taken outside Rosetta Pizza on West 14th Street in the Village and show the suspect wearing a dark-colored jacket, black track pants with a white stripe and white Nike Air Jordan sneakers. 

The suspect is seen in surveillance photos released by police following the second robbery | NYPD
The suspect is seen in surveillance photos released by police following the second robbery | NYPD

If you recognize the suspect or have any information that can help police, you’re asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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