Police: 2 internet cafes robbed overnight in Brooklyn

Two internet cafes blocks away from each other in Brooklyn were robbed overnight, police say.

News 12 Staff

Mar 1, 2023, 6:15 PM

Updated 413 days ago

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Thieves hit two internet cafes blocks away from each other and just hours apart in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
One of the cafes involved was on 56th Street and was hit at around 1:40 a.m.
Police say a man in all black wearing a tan hat entered the store and demanded money from the employee and stepped behind the register. A scuffle between the employee and the thief took place and that's when customers immediately sat up and approached the front counter. The thief continued to take cash from the register. The customers slowly walked away after realizing he had a knife.
Police say the thief slashed an employee in the hand and stole $400 from the register. Workers at the cafe didn't want to speak on camera but said the incidents are upsetting and they do not feel safe in their neighborhood.
Hours later and just three blocks away, another cafe was hit at 816 59th St. at around 3 a.m. According to the NYPD, a man wearing all black clothing and a tan baseball cap came in with a knife and took cash straight from the register.
A similar scene happened two months ago when the same café was robbed at gunpoint.
Video released by police shows several men entering the café Jan. 11 around 1:55 a.m. One of them pulled out a gun and another swung a knife in the air demanding money and cellphones from employees. They soon ran off with $200 from the register and five iPhones.
It is still unclear whether the same person hit both of the cafes.


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