WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police on Long Island are looking for a robbery suspect who’s been targeting 7-Eleven stores in Suffolk County.
Investigators said he struck a store last night on Little East Neck Road in West Babylon.
The man allegedly flashed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cash. He made off with cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes.
“He, over here, has been robbed a few times at gunpoint, knifepoint, and it’s ridiculous. What do they want? A couple hundred dollars? It just doesn’t make sense,” customer Lisa Zitoli told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas. “It’s scary though, it really is.”
“They only have one person there at night, they should have two,” said another customer John Heinecker. “It’s an easy target.”
“It’s easy access out right to Montauk Highway, you just probably rob it and go,” customer Danielle Outlaw added.
The suspect is accused of robbing two other stores over the weekend – one in Islip Terrace and the other in Melville.
“It’s a shame when you hear things like that so close to such a wonderful tight knit community,” said customer Taylor Jones.
Anyone with information about the robbery spree is asked to contact the Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, text “SCPD” and your message to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.tipsubmit.com.