Police said a Farmingdale man used his own car to pull into the drive-through at the Dunkin' Donuts in Farmingdale just before midnight Monday, claimed to have a handgun, announced a robbery and demanded cash.
The store employee told him sorry, but he wasn't handing over any money, then jotted down his license plate number and called 911.
Less than an hour after Nassau County police said Clement Spanato, 47, of 462 Fulton St., attempted to rob the doughnut store, officers arrived at Spanato's apartment at 12:50 a.m. and arrested him, charging him with attempted robbery.
Spanato pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead. Judge Eric Bjornbey ordered him held on 30,000 bond or $15,000 cash bail. Spanato is scheduled to return to court Thursday.
He is represented by Legal Aid, which typically does not comment on behalf of defendants.
Certainly, police didn't have far to go to find their suspect. The Dunkin' Donuts store that police said Spanato attempted to rob also is on Fulton Street -- only about a quarter-mile from his home.
Police said no one was injured in the attempted robbery. They also said that though Spanato threatened to use a gun, he never displayed one.
Police said Tuesday Spanato is suspected in several similar cases on Long Island.
With Ann Givens