Thief armed with boxcutter robs 3 Queens grocery stores: cops

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A thief armed with a boxcutter robbed three Queens grocery stores this month — with one of his stick-ups caught on surveillance video released early Thursday. 

Most recently, the man went behind the counter of a store on Astoria Boulevard near Humphreys street in East Elmhurst around 9:15 p.m. Monday and displayed a box cutter as he attempted to open the register, according to cops and the video clip. 

The 25-year-old woman behind the counter attempted to stop him, and the suspect pushed her back, the clip shows. 

He fled with about $1,200 dollars and lock boxes, cops said. 

Two days earlier, around 10 p.m., the suspect allegedly displayed a box cutter and swiped about $760 as a 37-year-old man worked behind the counter of a store on 74th Street near Woodside Avenue in Elmhurst. 

And on April 7, cops say he targeted his first store — on Corona Avenue near 92nd Street in Corona — around 9:30 p.m., again flashing the cutting instrument and taking off with about $1,000 from a 31-year-old man who worked there. 

None of the victims were hurt, and the suspect was still on the loose Thursday. 

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