Police are searching for two suspects who robbed the Whole Foods on East Houston Street and Bowery Sunday night.
The crime happened at around 10 p.m. as employees came out of an elevator to the second floor with a large amount of cash. According to police, the suspects were waiting when the elevator doors opened; one of the robbers pointed a gun at the workers and told them to get on the floor. The other suspect bound the arms of one of the employees behind his back. $60,000 was stolen. Investigators say the two men fled on Chrystie Street; cops released still images for surveillance cameras. The first suspect is described as a black male about 6-feet tall with black eyes and black dreadlocks wearing a brown coat. The second suspect, also a black male, had dreadlocks and was wearing black sweater.
If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIP.
More from the New York Post:
A store worker said that the robbery may have been an inside job, noting that a coworker saw the perps leave through the receiving door. “They ran from the receiving door which no one outside the store knows about,” the worker said. “They know parts of the store that we only know.” He also said that his co-worker claimed to see one of the men casing the store a few weeks ago wearing the same “dreadlocks and bad, fake beard.”
The Post story indicated $26,000 was stolen but a news release from the NYPD said the amount was $60,000.