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Three Manhattan stores held up at gunpoint — NYPD reports

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The NYPD has reported that three Manhattan stores were held up at gunpoint and asking for the public's help identifying a pair of armed robbers who allegedly held up three different Manhattan businesses at gunpoint in April. 

According to authorities, the two suspects struck first on April 4 at a dry cleaner on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. 

The pair entered the business and one drew a firearm and demanded money. The gunman then took an undetermined amount of money from the register, from an 80-year-old customer's pocket, and also from a 40-year-old employee's wallet while the second suspect stood by the door as a lookout.

They then fled on foot to parts unknown.

The violence of the robberies quickly began to escalate, as the suspects struck again at a deli on East 170th Street on April 20. This time, five suspects entered the business, demanding cash and brandishing firearms. 

One of the suspects pointed his gun at a 41-year-old employee's face before striking him in the head and taking roughly $400 from his pocket. A second suspect went behind the cashier, taking roughly $400 from the register and a 30-year-old employee's cellphone while showing a silver firearm. The other three acted as lookouts before all five fled on foot.

Finally, on April 25, two suspects entered a deli on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, brandishing firearms and demanding cash and property.

The first suspect demanded cash and a cellphone from a 19-year-old employee before striking him multiple times in the head and face with a handgun. The second suspect then took roughly $800 in cash from the register before both fled to parts unknown. 

The total value of the property taken was roughly $2,000.

The 19-year-old employee was taken to Harlem Hospital for lacerations.

All the suspects are described as dark-skinned men, approximately 20-25 years old.

Police have released surveillance photos of two of the

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