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Man robs store with lighter fluid

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

In a nod back to New York's crime-filled past, a robber squirted lighter fluid through the safety glass at a check cashing business and threatened the clerk with a lighter.

The NYPD says it happened on Sunday at about 2:30 a.m. at ATN Financial Services on Corona Ave. in Queens.

Police say the suspect, wearing a thick winter coat with a hat and a hood, walked into the store, squirted the lighter fluid and demanded cash.

Surveillance video shows the man spraying two containers of lighter fluid through several openings in the safety screen.

The clerk complied and the man ran off with an undetermined amount of cash.

No one was hurt but police are still searching for the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

In the mid-90s there were a spate of lighter fluid and other flammable liquid robbery attacks on city subway booths after the movie "Money Train" had a scene showing that type of attack.

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