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Wild bunch: armed crew wanted in string of robberies

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A violent crew of gun−toting, pistol−whipping goons is sought for committing six robberies throughout the borough.

Police said that the three suspects, described as black males, have pistol−whipped grocery clerks and even shot a deli employee in their criminal quest for cash.

The crew dropped off the radar, however, after a victim in their last heist fought back and chased the thieves out of his Windsor Terrace store with their tails between their legs.

Investigators said that the suspects began their robbery spree back on April 6 when they barged into the Suburbia Grocery, 1266 East 37th Street near Avenue K in Flatlands.

Two of the thugs entered the store at 9:30 p.m. — the third always stays in the getaway car — and pulled a gun on a worker.

One of the suspects jumped on the counter and dove for the store receipts, but couldn’t get the register opened and left empty−handed.

Showing a chutzpah that knows no bounds, the thieves returned to the Suburbia Grocery on East 37th Street on the morning of April 22.

This time, one of the suspects entered the store, pulled a gun and pistol−whipped a customer as he forced a worker to open the register and hand over the day’s earnings.

Police said that the thieves resurfaced on April 29, this time in Bay Ridge.

The suspects entered a grocery store on Third Avenue and 61st Street just before 10 p.m. and held up a worker at gunpoint, officials said.

A 38−year−old employee was shot in the shoulder during the hold−up, officials said.

The trio ended its reign of gun−toting terror in Windsor Terrace, where they hit three stores in close proximity of each other.

Cops said that the thieves robbed workers of the Greenwood Mini Mart, 574 Seventh Avenue at 20th Street on the night of May 3, where they took an undetermined amount of cash.

Two days later, the thieves raided Pierre’s Deli 2 on Tenth Avenue near 16th Street.

Relaying the frightening experience to The Brooklyn Paper, a CNG sister publication, deli manager Jeff Samaha said that one of the thieves pointed a gun at his wife’s head while the other pointed a gun at him, demanding the store receipts.

The thieves ran off with the cash, leaving everyone unharmed.

Still, the shock, as well as the anger, lingers.

“I’m not afraid. I’ll get this son of a b−−−h,” Samaha said, as he dared the suspects to return.

It’s unclear that the thieves will do so, however, particularly after what happened at their last Windsor Terrace stop.

As usual, two thieves barged into the store at 6:50 p.m. on May 9. One of them had just pulled a gun and jumped on the counter to reach for the register when both the owner and his uncle went on the offensive.

The ensuing struggle ended outside the store, where the owner’s uncle chased the duo down the street with a baseball bat.

Cops do not believe the thieves have struck since.

Investigators said that in each heist the thieves were seen fleeing the area in a black Ford Expedition.

It’s believed that the thieves choose stores near major thoroughfares for quick getaways.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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