LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A comfort retailer in Lake Ronkonkoma was robbed at knifepoint Sunday, within the newest in a sample of robberies round Lengthy Island.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, Suffolk County police detectives wasted no time – at the very least six of them might be seen at The Barn after it was robbed shortly earlier than midday.
The Barn is a drive-via comfort retailer situated on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma. This matches a sample, making it the seventeenth time a robber has hit with a knife or machete.
Andrew Liu’s Carvel retailer in Westbury was robbed on March 27.
“It’s type of scary however contemplating it’s been happening, I sort of suspected one thing may occur,” Liu stated. “I hoped it wouldn’t.”
Detectives Sunday afternoon could possibly be seen speaking to an worker at The Barn and analyzing a surveillance digital camera.
Suffolk County police Commissioner Timothy Sini has stated the robber retains eluding seize as a result of he works in a short time and his face is often coated.
Sini beforehand stated he believes the suspect is a drug addict and if he’s caught he might be taking a look at federal fees, WCBS 880 Sophia Corridor reported earlier this month.
“Whenever you rob a business institution sometimes it’s going to qualify as one thing referred to as a Hobbs Act theft, when you rob an institution that’s principally engaged in interstate commerce you can also make it a federal case,” Sini stated. “The penalties for Hobbs Act robberies are stiff underneath federal regulation so it’s a very good approach to convey the hammer to somebody who’s committing crimes like this.”