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Police: Burglars Struck Brooklyn Deli Already Damaged By Garbage Truck Crash

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police on Wednesday were asking the public to help them find two suspects who allegedly burglarized a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn deli – taking advantage of a massive hole in the wall that was created when a garbage truck crashed into the building.

Around 4:25 a.m. Monday, July 7, the suspects climbed over a temporary wall of the deli and grocery store at 994 Bedford Ave., and walked in through the hole, police said.

The suspects stole scratch-off lottery tickets and phone cards, police said.

Just before 2 a.m. Friday, June 20, a Metropolitan Recycling truck and another vehicle collided and the truck driver lost control, ending up inside the deli, CBS 2's Weijia Jiang reported at the time.

The family that owns the deli lives in the apartments above the store. Family members said they were sleeping at the time of the crash.

"It's a very bad accident. He was driving really fast," co-owner Abdul Ali said at the time. "He was driving too fast, he went inside the building. My cousins, three of them are in the hospital."

At least four others, including the drivers of both vehicles, were also injured.

The family has operated the deli for more than 30 years and co-owner Abdul Salah said after the accident that he was worried about paying the bills.

Police have released surveillance images of the suspects in the subsequent burglary.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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