A brazen thief robbed a security guard and robbed the Brooklyn apartment building where he worked before selling some of the ill-gotten goods to a nearby bodega, police and sources said.
The scammer was armed with a switchblade knife when he first snatched an android mobile phone from the 24-year-old security guard inside the Palmetto Street building near the Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick around 5 a.m. Jan. 9, cops said.
The male suspect then took $2,700 in electronics and a case of hand sanitizer from the grounds and forced the victim to help him carry the boxes to a bodega less than half a mile from Broadway near of Gates Avenue, police and sources said.
Surveillance footage from inside the store shows the thief smoking a cigarette while loading three boxes onto the counter.
A man behind the counter then hands over cash to the suspect before putting the boxes away in the corner, the video shows.
The suspect then bought a beer, sources said, and was seen on camera sipping the drink inside the bodega.
The scammer was still at large since Friday morning.
Sources said the bodega worker denied buying anything from the suspect when asked by police.