Car thieves targeting Chinese food delivery drivers in Queens

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Police are asking for help identifying two men in connection with the theft of a delivery man's car. (NYPD)

Police are asking for help identifying two men in connection with the theft of a delivery man’s car. (NYPD)

ROSEDALE, Queens — Wonton soup has been served up with a side of grand larceny for nearly two months now in Queens neighborhoods.

Police are asking for help in identifying suspects who call for a Chinese food delivery, and then drive off in the delivery car when the restaurant employees step out to hand off the food.

The spree started on June 8 when two unidentified men drove off in the delivery man’s Honda Accord in Rosedale. Police found the car 30 minutes later and arrested a 13-year-old passenger. He was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Two other men fled the scene.

The fortunes of delivery drivers hasn’t changed since. Eight cars have been stolen in similar schemes since, police said.

Police made two arrests after the fifth theft. The victim’s Toyota Rav 4 was stolen on June 29 in Rosedale. Police found the car on July 6 in Brownsville and arrested the driver, a 14-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old female passenger. They were each charged as juveniles with grand larceny auto.

The same teenage girl was also involved in a July 15 Rosedale theft, police said. She was seen driving the stolen Acura TL on July 17 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The license plate was covered and the teen failed to signal at an intersection. She was charged as a juvenile with grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of violation of local law, license plate violation, operating without a license and failure to signal.

Others in the car ran and were not arrested, police said.

The most recent theft was on Tuesday in Rosedale, police said. Three unidentified men stole a delivery man’s Nissan Altima.

Police have photos of two of the men involved in the most recent incident.

Confidential tips can be shared with NYPD Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted at or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.


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