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Suffolk, Nassau police offer reward in knifepoint robberies


Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,000 Fast Cash Crime Stoppers reward for information that leads to an arrest in connection with a recent string of knifepoint robberies at stores in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Credit: James Carbone

Police in Suffolk and Nassau counties are offering a total of $10,000 for information about the suspect behind a recent string of knifepoint robberies at stores across Long Island.

Suffolk County police said at a news conference Friday that a $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward will be given to the person who can provide information leading to an arrest in the robberies.

Nassau County Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward of $5,000. A Nassau County police spokeswoman said the investigation is continuing.

The man has robbed Carvel, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts stores in both counties — including five robberies in Nassau, one attempted robbery in Nassau and two robberies in Suffolk.

The suspect robbing the stores is described as wearing all dark clothing with a dark hat, dark scarf or mask and dark gloves. He has displayed a machete or large knife before taking money and fleeing the scene. No one was injured in any of the robberies, authorities said.

Suffolk police on Friday displayed surveillance footage of the man taking cash from a Lake Ronkonkoma Carvel on April 1.

“If you do know this individual or recognize this individual or his gait or if you have any information regarding these crimes, please call 800-220-TIPS,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said.

Callers can remain anonymous and the line accommodates a variety of languages, Sini said.

Nassau County Crime Stoppers can be reached at 800-244-8477.

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