Nassau police released a sketch Sunday of a suspected knife-wielding robber responsible for at least two recent heists in Plainview and Old Bethpage — and they are working to determine if he may be responsible for several additional robberies.
A police spokesman said the two robberies — of a Plainview Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday and an Old Bethpage 7-Eleven early Thursday — are being studied to see if they were committed by the same suspect wanted in a string of more than 20 such acts since Feb 9, 2015.
Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith told Newsday Thursday: “We haven’t made that determination yet. I’m asking as the chief of detectives . . . to my Robbery Squad . . . ‘take a look at this,’ and you have to compare and contrast, and see if there’s similarities between this and that other robbery pattern that stopped.”
From Feb. 9, 2015, to mid-January of this year, a hooded, knife-wielding man, usually hiding behind a ski mask or scarf, robbed 21 small businesses — mostly gas stations and convenience stores.
Those robberies occurred in seven Nassau communities, including 13 in Valley Stream, police said in January.
In a January news conference, Nassau Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun called the suspect “brazen and aggressive.” In one instance in February 2015, the suspect tussled with a Valley Stream convenience store owner, slashing him in the arm, LeBrun said.
In the latest robbery, at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the 7-Eleven on Old Bethpage Road, the suspect had a kitchen knife and wore a dark-colored hooded jacket, hat and sunglasses, with a dark-colored bandanna covering his face.
He took an unspecified amount of cash from the lone store employee, who was not injured, police said.
Police have described the suspect as thin, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, and known to wear gloves and white-soled sneakers, police said.
On Monday, a similar robbery happened at about 11:30 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Old Country Road in Plainview.
The suspect, his face covered by a scarf, displayed a large kitchen knife, grabbed a 41-year-old female employee’s arm and demanded she open the register, police said.
The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot, police said. The woman was not injured.
Anyone with more information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All information will be kept confidential.