Three brazen crooks held a Bronx couple hostage, torturing the man with a scalding hot spoon before stealing his safe and 25 pairs of sneakers during a bold home invasion robbery, cops said Thursday.
The robbers forced their way into the apartment on Franklin Ave. near E. 168th St. in Morrisania about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, surprising a 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman inside a back bedroom.
The three gloved intruders, their heads covered with hats and hoodies, handcuffed the man then wrapped the woman in a sheet and dragged her into another room, cops said.
The robbers pistol-whipped the man as they demanded to know where his safe was, cops said. When he wouldn’t say, they used a hot spoon to burn his left arm.
The crooks ultimately ransacked the apartment and ran off with the safe, some jewelry and 25 pairs of sneakers, officials said.
The trio fled in a white SUV last seen heading north on Franklin Ave., cops said. No arrests have been made.
Medics treated the man at the scene. The woman was not hurt.
Police on Thursday released images of the three crooks taken in the building elevator in the hopes that someone recognizes them.
One was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a black mask, black-and-white “skeleton” gloves, a black-and-green sweatsuit and black-and-white sneakers. The second man was wearing a black hooded jacket, grey gloves, blue jeans and black sneakers.
The third man wore a red baseball cap, a dark-colored hooded sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.