Pair Steals Leather Jackets
From Flatlands Ave. Boutique
By Charles Rogers
Police are looking for two suspects who escaped from a local boutique last Thursday with four leather jackets worth nearly $2,000 after holding the owner and a customer at bay with a handgun. The two victims were able to escape out the front door and were not injured, police said.
The robbery occurred at 11 a.m. on December 12 when one of the suspects approached the owner of Mr. Johnson & Johnson Leather Jackets at 8011 Flatlands Avenue and asked to see some black jackets that were on display in the front window, according to a report filed at the 69th Precinct.
As the owner led the man to the display rack, another suspect entered the front door, grabbed the lone customer by the arm, pulled out a black handgun and said, "Don’t move and shut up!" The customer broke free of the suspect’s grasp and was able to run out the front door. At the same time, the owner ran from his captor, also escaping out the front door and yelling for passersby to call police.
Both suspects proceeded to remove merchandise from the display racks, according to the report, and the first suspect ran out the door with some jackets under his arm and sped off in a late-model, four-door, grey Toyota sedan. It was not determined whether he or an accomplice was driving.
After the first suspect fled, the second man, also carrying jackets, ran out the door, across Flatlands Avenue and south on East 80th Street on foot. It was not determined how he escaped from that point.
Two of the jackets were described as black, with NBA patches all over them, the owner said. One jacket similarly had hockey patches and another jacket is white with blue sleeves. No description of the suspects was given.
Anyone who might have seen the incident or has any information is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at 257-6215. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.