MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A robber in Manhattan swiped more than $10,000 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets from two stores, police said Sunday.
On Jan. 15, the man asked for a free soda inside a Lexington Avenue deli near East 93rd Street, officials said. When the 21-year-old worker shot the man down, the robber demanded lottery scratch-off tickets. He threatened the worker and made off with $1,420 in tickets, police said.
The robber struck again on Friday at an Eighth Avenue grocery store, police said. He took six boxes of tickets, valued at $9,000, off of a shelf and fled northbound on West Fourth Street.
Police have asked for help identifying the man. The NYPD released surveillance images on Sunday.
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