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Thieves raid liquor store where Orthodox Jew was murdered in 2010

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A kosher liquor store where a hip-hop record executive turned Orthodox Jew was shot to death two years ago was raided by gun-toting criminals again this week, cops from the 70th Precinct said.

Investigators say two men forced their way into the MB Vineyards on Nostrand Avenue near Avenue J — the same spot where Jamaican-born employee Yosef Robinson was gunned down protecting his girlfriend from an armed robber — on Wednesday, holding up two employees.

The suspects entered the store at 9:15 pm, flashed their weapons and forced two employees into the basement, where they tied the workers up.

The thieves robbed their victims and swiped a few bottles of booze before fleeing the scene, cops said. The duo tried to force the cash register, but couldn’t get it open, investigators were told.

No one was harmed during the July 11 robbery, but the scene was earily similar to the hold-up that ended Robinson’s life.

Police said Robinson was working at MB Vineyards on Aug. 19, 2010 when cops said suspected gunman Eion Klass stepped inside, pulled a gun and held up Robinson’s girlfriend.

Robinson was shot twice as he wrestled with Klass, who was arrested for the killing a few days later.

Anyone with information regarding Wednesday’s robbery is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577–8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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