A knife-wielding robber, believed to be the culprit in a string of sandwich shop robberies on Long Island, struck another eatery in Queens on Sunday afternoon, police said.
A New York Police Department spokesman said a masked man wearing dark colored clothing entered a Subway restaurant at 61-13 Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens at about 3:11p.m. and demanded money from the cashier. He flashed a knife, and walked around the counter where he took $500 from the register before leaving the store and heading in an unknown direction, police said.
NYPD detectives believe the robber is the same suspect who has struck 17 times on Long Island, 13 of them in Nassau, since March 1. The FBI is now assisting in the hunt.
The suspect in the pattern has been described as 25 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build, most often wearing a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans and tan work boots. He usually covers his face with dark sunglasses and a dark cloth, police said.
Witnesses have described him carrying a large butcher knife, which police have said is uncommon in this type of crime.
The NYPD has dubbed the string of robberies citywide crime pattern 90, which began in Nassau County.
The suspect in that pattern most recently hit another Subway shop at 205-12 Northern Blvd. in Bayside, Queens, about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, where he displayed a knife and took off with a register drawer containing $400.
Three similar robberies in New York City happened last month. Police have linked them to the pattern robberies based partly on photos and video that have been taken of the thief in Suffolk, Nassau and Queens.
The most recent similar robbery on Long Island was in Suffolk at a Subway on May 18 in North Lindenhurst.
Plainclothes and uniformed NYPD officers have been stationed near major highway entry and exit ramps close to small businesses, because many of the heists on both Long Island and Queens have taken place near major roadways.