Police are looking for help trying to catch two men they say robbed the Broadway Candy and a Kennedy Fried Chicken over the weekend.
The two men reportedly walked into the 249 W. 231st St., bodega around 3 a.m., on Friday, displaying a handgun and demanding money from a 23-year-old employee. One of the men walked around the counter and removed nearly $5,500 from the register, according to police.
A half-hour earlier, police say the two men held up the Kennedy Fried Chicken at 2273 Crotona Ave., in Belmont. One of the men showed a black handgun to a 27-year-old employee, and then struck him in the head several times before pulling $1,000 from the register.
Luckily, the employee was not seriously injured, police said, and he refused medical attention at the scene.
The first man is described as Hispanic, approximately 5-foot-7, with a medium complexion, muscular build, and last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a black-and-blue baseball cap, black sweatpants, black sneakers, black gloves and a black mask.
The second man also is described as Hispanic, about the same height with medium complexion and medium build. He was last seen wearing a black hat with "New York" written on the front, with blue jeans, black sneakers, a black hooded sweatshirt, and a black mask.
He also was in possession of a black handgun.
Police also have released video of the Broadway Candy robbery, which you can see here.
Anyone with information on these two robberies can call the New York Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477, or visit NYPDCrimeStoppers.com. Tips also can be texted to 274637, and then entering "TIP577."
All calls, police say, are confidential.