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Suffolk County Police Seek Serial Armed Robber

Police are looking for this man in connection with a string of armed robberies across Suffolk County. (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Police are looking for this man in connection with a string of armed robberies across Suffolk County. (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

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YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A masked gunman has robbed 16 businesses at gunpoint across Suffolk County since early December, police said.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, the suspect has been mainly targeting Subway restaurants and gas stations at night. Police describe the man as standing 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored scarf and mask covering his face.

“What he does is he enters an establishment, displays a handgun, threatens the employee and takes money from the register or from the employee himself,” Suffolk County police Lt. Edward Reilly told Hall. “He’s gotten between 200 and 1,200 dollars in each robbery. Following the robbery, he flees on foot.”

The robberies have occurred across the county, including in Ronkokoma, Medford, Coram and Patchogue. The latest robbery happened at a KFC in Shirley. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS

“Nobody has been injured,” Reilly said. “We do consider him armed and dangerous based on the fact that he is armed with a handgun, and we’re asking the public to please be cautious, and if they see something suspicious beforehand to call 911.”

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