A group of gun-toting thugs stormed into a Brooklyn home before dawn Saturday, stealing thousands in cash and leaving the residents bloodied — and cops are probing if the same suspects may have struck in Queens just a few hours later.
The two home invasion robberies unfolded within three hours of each other, authorities said.
Five gunmen in ski masks forced their way through the ground floor window of a three-story Wogan Terrace home in Fort Hamilton, yelling, “Where’s the f–king money?” frightened residents told The Post.
The suspects kicked down doors, rummaged through every room, and beat at least one man.
“I couldn’t see because of all the blood,” said Ruben Dario Cardenas Chillpe, 31, from Ecuador, who lives in the basement.
“One of them kept punching me in the face while the other one pointed the gun at me.”
Another resident, a mom who lives on the ground floor, said, “I’m so scared. I don’t want to live here anymore. Thank God the children are okay.
“They took all of our money we had saved for rent this month,” she added. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
About $3,500 was stolen, police said.
About two hours later in Springfield Gardens, Queens, four men in black face masks — and one in a beige tracksuit — stormed into a home on 222nd Street, near 145th Avenue, the NYPD said.
The NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit was called in to investigate a “drug lab” found at the scene, said police, who closed off the quiet Queens block as they investigated, leaving neighbors shaken.
A family with young kids lives in the home, locals said.
“They always gave their kids outside, their dog outside playing. I would never suspect that,” said neighbor Decemberlyn Thomas, adding that word of a possible drug lab was “very shocking because there are very small young children in the house, she is a very family-oriented lady.”
The invasion happened around 6:30 a.m.
“It’s really quiet on this block, it’s really not an active block. They’re really nice people, they stay to themselves, pretty much,” said neighbor Cora Dorden, 45.
However, the woman wasn’t surprised at the drug lab allegation, noting she’d seen plenty of late night activity at the home.
“Wow, I believe it. There is always a lot of men in the house, going in and out, on the side [of the house] or the basement entrance. In and out,” she said, adding, “Normal, you know, sweats and sneakers. I thought it was friends of family… I didn’t think anything of it, not like that.
“That’s frightening, especially being that we live across the street,” she said.
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