A pair of shoplifters were filmed choking and beating a Bronx Family Dollar store employee – at least the third violent robbery in less than a year, police said Sunday.
The two crooks, a man and a woman, entered the store on Webster Ave. near E. 168th St. in Concourse Village around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14, cops said.
They snatched items off the shelves and tried to leave without paying, but a 23-year-old worker confronted them, cops said.
The pair attacked the worker, who was trying to snatch a granny cart full of items from one of the thieves, engaging in a standoff with her. At one point in the wild melee, the thief wrapped her arms around the worker from behind and strangled her. Meanwhile, his accomplice fights with a security guard outside the store door.
The determined duo were also filmed slapping and beating workers.
The duo fled the store. Doctors treated the worker at the scene.
The cops are asking for the public’s help in identifying the thieves and locating them.
The woman is described as 5ft 6in and weighing 200lbs with a dark complexion, heavy build and long black braided hair. She wore a white T-shirt, black pants and black Adidas sandals.
The man is described as 5ft 4in tall with a slim build, medium complexion, bald head and gray facial hair. He wore a black baseball cap with a blue brim, a black t-shirt with a white Adidas logo on the front, black pants with white stripes on the legs, and white sneakers.
On Jan. 12, a shoplifter at the same store blasted a worker with pepper spray, and on Oct. 25, a con artist used a box cutter to slit the chest of a 29-year-old store worker before get away with $59 worth of merchandise, cops said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.