Detectives may be hunting the wrong men after it was revealed the robbers behind a Queens cash-checking heist may have been wearing professional masks that would have hidden their identity and even race.
The three crooks, previously thought to be white males, dressed up as New York Police Department cops before targeting the Pay-O-Matic store on South Conduit Ave. in Rosedale on Valentines Day.
They identified themselves as detectives at the store, wearing dark blue jackets with NYPD logos and police-type shields hanging around their necks, before making off with the contents of an unlocked safe.
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Masked: The New York City Police Department has collared two brazen burglars who robbed a cash-checking store in Queens disguised as cops, thanks to their polite letter of appreciation to the mask maker.
Thick gloves covered their skin completely, and dark glasses hid their eyes, meaning that if they were wearing masks they would have been completely disguised. One even looked like pro wrestler Bill Golding.
The crime appears to have been well thought out, with the trio wearing their disguise to scope out the joint in the days leading up to the robbery. They may have been wearing life-like latex masks, which are widely available to buy on the internet.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We don’t know if they are white, black or Hispanic. People in the neighbourhood saw them in the van for two or three days before the robbery. They saw three white guys.’
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