Formerly Quiet Pelham Bay Rocked Once Again by Violent Crime
By Dan Gesslein
BRONX– Masked gunmen stuck up a Bronx cell phone store and tied up the worker in the basement. The formerly quiet neighborhood of Pelham Bay is rocked once again by violent crime.
At around 3 pm on Sunday, two men walked into the Verizon store on Crosby Avenue.
They walked up to the lone worker in the store, showed him a gun and forced him into the basement. There they tied him up as the gunmen proceeded to ransack the store.
The stickup men made off with 23 devices including cell phones, tablets, and smart watches. Cops say the electronic devices totaled up to $23,000.
The worker was left unharmed as the robbers fled.
The gunmen were quiet brazen considering the fact that next door to the store is a diner that is usually busy on a Sunday afternoon. And across the street is an NYPD camera by the stairs to the subway station.
The crooks were caught on the store’s surveillance cameras but the men hid their faces.
The first gunman is described as a Hispanic male with a light complexion, who was wearing sunglasses. He was last seen wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt, red jeans, black gloves, and black sneakers with white trim.
The second thief is described as a male, unknown race, carrying a bag. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black mask, white gloves with a red palm, and blue sneakers with a white line.
The armed robbery is just the latest in a list of high-profile, violent crimes that have been rocking Pelham Bay- a neighborhood that was once seen as a quiet, working class, homeowner community.
In March, a gunman opened fire in front of the Capital One Bank on Buhre Avenue around the corner from the Verizon store. The shooting occurred in broad daylight yet miraculously no one was hit.
(Shooting on Buhre Avenue in March unnerved Pelham Bay residents. – Photo by David Greene)
Last March, a YouTube video of two men violently mugging a man who came from Capital One Bank on Buhre Avenue went viral. In that case, as the victim tried to fight off his attacker the money flew into the air.
Last October the bank on Crosby Avenue next to the Verizon store made headlines when a person planted an item in the drop box and called in a bomb threat.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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