Knife-Wielding Robber Strikes Again on Long Island: Police

A knife-wielding man wanted in more than a dozen robberies on Long Island has apparently struck yet again.

The most recent robbery, what police believe is the 17th in a string of robberies, was at a Subway in North Lindenhurst on Wednesday night.

Police say a man walked into the restaurant just before 9:45 p.m. and threatened an employee with a large kitchen knife. He then took off with the drawer from a cash register.

Patrol officers, along with K9 and aviation units, responded but the suspect got away.

Investigators were at the Subway early Thursday, with crime scene tape strung up across the parking lot of a strip mall. 

The same robber is believed to have targeted a 7-Eleven in Westbury on Wednesday and a Dunkin Donuts in Elmont on Tuesday. 

Authorities say the suspect is likely the same robber who hit six Dunkin' Donuts, two ice cream shops and other locations across Nassau County since March 1. He also apparently hit another Subway. 

The first business robbed was Show-Abe Chaudhary's Dunkin' Donuts in New Hyde Park. Chaudhary said he's upped security at the business in the 2 1/2 months since the robbery.

"I'd be happy if they get him tomorrow or today," he said. "I didn't want this to happen to anybody else."

In all, seventeen knifepoint robberies in Suffolk and Nassau counties appear to be a part of the pattern, Suffolk County police said. 

Thirteen of the robberies were in Nassau County and three were in Suffolk. The robbers' target area spans almost 18 miles from Commack in Suffolk County to the border of Queens. 

In each of those robberies, the suspect waited until the store was empty, then barged in with a knife and stole money. It's not clear how much cash the robber has amassed.

No one has been hurt in the robberies but police said Wednesday that the robber is becoming more brazen.

No arrests have been made.

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