Nov. 11, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
Police are looking for two suspects who stole tip jars from two Ridgewood cafes and assaulted employees who tried to prevent the robberies over the last two weeks.
The robberies took place in broad daylight on Oct. 28 and Friday, Nov. 8 in cafes located at 18-08 Weirfield St. and 709 Seneca Ave., according to the NYPD.
The first incident took place in Grill and Gourmet Café on Weirfield Street at about 4 p.m., police said. The two men entered the café and stole a tip jar containing about $40. When a 27-year-old employee followed them out onto the street in an attempt to prevent the theft, one of the suspects punched him in the face and they proceeded to flee along Weirdfield Street on foot.
Almost two weeks later, the two men entered Café M on Seneca Avenue at about 5:35 p.m. Again, they went straight for the café’s tip jar containing roughly $100 and proceeded to walk out onto the street.
This time, a 30-year-old female employee tried to prevent the theft, resulting in one of the men punching her in the head and causing minor injuries. The employee refused medical attention.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of these males 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 CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @ NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.