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Two armed robbers wearing clown masks raid Queens Walgreens for painkillers

This story was first published on the New York Daily News

By Rocco Parascandola, Marco Poggio and John Annese

Two gun-toting crooks wearing clown masks held up a Queens drugstore Tuesday morning and made off with two duffel bags stuffed with prescription pills, police said.

It's the second time robbers struck at the pharmacy this year, and cops believe the heists are linked.

The bandits burst into the 24-hour Walgreens on Rockaway Blvd. and Lefferts Blvd. in South Ozone Park about 5:30 a.m., pulling a gun on a security guard.

They herded the guard and other workers toward the pharmacy area, where they stole morphine, Percocet, Aderall and oxycodone, sources said.

The crooked clowns jumped into a BMW with tinted windows and a getaway driver.

On March 7, two men with guns stormed in at 5 a.m., forced the store's workers to the back, and stole prescription drugs, cops said.

"I'm afraid because it happened twice already. We are so close by," said Bella Jimenez, 23, who works at a cell phone store across the street.


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