Police Say Man Robbed Metro PCS Store Twice

N.Y.P.D. Surveillance footage from two separate incidents — one on Dec. 12, the other on Jan. 6 in the East Village — allegedly involving the same suspect.

One of the gun-toting thieves who allegedly held up a Metro PCS store on Jan. 6 had the audacity to return and rob it again two weeks later, the police said.

In the first heist on Jan. 6 — which is depicted in surveillance footage released by the Police Department — the duo entered the Metro PCS store at 350 East 14th Street at around 6:45 p.m., flashed a gun and removed cash from the register and a safe.

On Jan. 20 one of the suspects returned at around 7:10 p.m., simulated a gun and demanded cash from a Metro PCS employee, the police said. The employee complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Only a week before the first incident at the Metro PCS, the Times described the chain of cellphone stores as “low-hanging fruit” for robbers.

The police also tied one of the suspects to an earlier robbery at Health Source Pharmacy at 1302 Second Avenue in the Upper East Side on Dec. 12. In that incident, also depicted in surveillance footage released by the Police Department, the suspect made off with pharmaceuticals after demanding them at gunpoint.