Police are searching for a serial offender who bound and robbed two employees at a Babies 'R' Us on Long Island early Monday, his 14th store robbery in four months.
A 40-year-old woman who works at the store on Corporate Drive in Westbury was letting her 60-year-old co-worker through the front door at 5 a.m. when a man forced his way into the store. Police said he brandished a black handgun and ordered the two women into the back office.
The man allegedly bound the 60-year-old woman with costume handcuffs and had her get on the ground. He then forced her co-worker to open the safe and put an unknown amount of cash into a canvas bag, according to police.
Before leaving the store, the suspect bound the 40-year-old woman’s hands with the same type of costume handcuffs and had her get on top of the other woman, police said.
No one was reported injured in the robbery.
Authorities say the suspect is wanted in 13 other robberies at stores across Long Island, including at a Petco, Dollar Tree, Dress Barn, Mandee, Joyce Leslie and Destination Maternity. He restrained his victims in each of those cases as well.
Police say the suspect targets locations with female employees. In each case, he restrains them before stealing cash from the store's safe. He also wears a black ski mask.
Police are encouraging businesses to make sure their surrounding area is well lit. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-800-244-TIPS.