Suspects Sought In Two Armed Robberies In L.I. Movie Theater Parking Lot

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — All they want is to see a movie, but at one theater on Long Island, film fans were being targeted in a series of frightening muggings.

fencing gaps at sunrise multiplex cinemas1 Suspects Sought In Two Armed Robberies In L.I. Movie Theater Parking Lot

Fencing gaps at Sunrise Multiplex (credit: CBS 2)

Two armed robberies were committed some 20 minutes apart in the rear parking lot of the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream.

Detectives said a group of as many as four young male criminals armed with a knife and a silver handgun first robbed a 14-year-old boy walking back alone at 10:27 p.m. night. They took his cell phone, Metro Card, and bike.

At 10:48 p.m., the suspects approached at 44-year-old woman from behind and stole her shopping bags and wallet.

Neither victim was injured in the robberies.

Several residents said they weren’t surprised by the news.

“At night I don’t even bother to come over here. It’s crazy because everybody’s going crazy out here,” he said. “A lot of people out of work, doing what they got to do I guess, right?”

“It’s probably a gang, and they’re all over, you know – crime needs to stop,” Valley Stream resident Mary Williams told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

The massive parking lot is well-lit at night and fenced, but the robbers were unfazed. In fact, CBS 2 found at least 10 holes in the fence.

Some neighbors complain about a lack of security cameras and too few patrols.

CBS 2 sought comment from the theater’s manager but was turned away. A representative for National Amusements said only that the incident is a police matter.

As the search for suspects intensifies, people who use the lot as a shortcut say they’ll opt for different, and less isolated, routes.

“You can walk all the way around on Sunrise…if you want to be safe,” Rosedale resident Junes Williams said.

The armed robbers, believed to be in their late teens or early twenties, wore dark sweatshirts, with hoods that conceal their faces.

Police said they’re hoping for the public’s help to catch the gang before it strikes again.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Nassau County Police Department.

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  1. Local says:

    This is actually the Sunrise Multiplex next to the left entrance of the Green Acres Mall. It has always had problems with safety. Why would anyone go to that movie theater is beyound me. The Green Acre Movie theater located within the grounds of the mall is much safer, well lit and traffic flow because the back of it faces the mall itself. Never chance your life to see a movie at Sunrise Multiplex-Day or Night.

  2. Sally Rogers says:

    Its horrible, but I kinda knew which theatre they meant before I even opened the article.

  3. Moolin Yon says:

    eggplant anyone?

  4. THE TRUTH says:

    HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH LONG ISLANDERS BELIEVING THAT THEY ARE RESIDENTS OF HEAVEN. WAKE UP & WATCH THE NEWS THERE ARE PLENTY OF DRUNK DRIVERS, SEX OFFENDERS, ROBBERS,BURGLARS,RAPISTS, MURDERERS ETC LIVING IN NASSAU & SUFFOLK COUNTY…. SO DONT ACT LIKE LONG ISLAND IS CRIMINAL FREE !!! GEOGRAPHY LESSON—> BROOKLYN, QUEENS & LONG ISLAND ARE ALL LOCATED ON THE SAME ISLAND (LAND MASS) ! ALSO IF THE CITY IS SOOOO BAD THEN WHY DO LI RESIDENTS LEAVE THEIR SO CALLED HEAVEN TO COME & WORK IN THE 5 BOROUGHS ! HMMMMMMMMMM

  5. Dan Te says:

    How can this happen? I thought Long Island is Among America’s Most Segregated Metro Areas?

    1. whiteflight says:

      The movie theater borders the ghetto areas of Queens. Most of the low lifes committing these crimes aren’t from Valley Stream.

  6. nyc says:

    What’s happened to these nice ,safe neighborhoods ? It is time for armed neighborhood watch groups as law enforcement can’t keep up with the increasing crime !

  7. Shopper X says:

    You have to be out of your mind if you let a family member go shopping there alone. This is not the first second or third time this has happened, this has been going on for years and years. I’m shocked this this even made the news. People are being robbed, pickpocketed and assaulted at Green Acres every day of the week.

  8. Richard T. says:

    My parents shopped in Green Acres all of th time when I was a kid. Now, I wouldn’t dare even go close to Valley Stream. What s shame…

  9. liwingnut says:

    Valley Stream used to be a nice area….I know, I grew up in the area….Not any more..

  10. johnny says:

    How can this be? Perhaps they need more overpaid cops.

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