A homeless man was arrested and charged with multiple robberies during the past month in West Babylon and Bay Shore after officers recognized him from a surveillance video, Suffolk County police said Friday.
Joseph Broekhuisen, 23, was arrested Thursday by Third Precinct officers at the intersection of Park Avenue and Mechanicsville Road in Bay Shore at 7:25 p.m., police said.
Broekhuisen was being sought in connection with two robbery incidents in Bay Shore on Wednesday -- one with no proceeds, the other where police said he stole a key -- after two precinct officers, James Brucculeri and Jose Cardus, recognized him from the surveillance video, police said. The two officers had earlier interviewed Broekhuisen in connection with the incidents, police said.DataLI crime stats
Broekhuisen entered a Kentucky Fried Chicken store on East Main Street at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, wearing a mask. He had a brown paper bag over his hand, implying he had a gun, police said.
Broekhuisen tried to get cash, but fled with only a key, police said. Fifty minutes later, police said, he walked into a 7-Eleven on Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore and tried to rob that store.
He fled without proceeds.
Following his arrest, made by Brucculeri and Cardus with assistance from fellow Third Precinct Officer Dana Rodriguez, police said Broekhuisen admitted to both of the Wednesday incidents -- as well as two other robberies and two burglaries.
The other incidents involved the robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore on May 27, as well as the robbery of a 7-Eleven on Little East Neck Road in West Babylon on May 17, police said. Police said Broekhuisen also admitted he'd burglarized a card shop on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon on May 19, when he also attempted to burglarize a deli on Little East Neck Road.
Broekhuisen is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, as well as one count each of first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree burglary and third-degree attempted burglary. He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.