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Nassau Gas Station Bandit Strikes Again

Cops: Active investigation underway; 9th station in a week hit Easter Sunday morning in Mineola.

The notorious gas station bandit responsible for eight early-morning robberies last week has struck again and Nassau County Police say a manhunt is underway to find him.

Dressed in black and brandishing a black hand gun, the unknown man walked into the Citgo Gas Station on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola at 4:10 a.m. Sunday and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The 24-year-old male victim behind the counter complied and the gunman fled on foot along Jericho Turnpike, police said Monday.

There were no injuries. It was the ninth gas station heist since Tuesday.

"We are actively looking for this individual," said Officer Steven Zacchia, a spokesman for the Nassau County Police. "Everybody is looking and we've intensified our patrols around gas stations."

At this time, Zacchia said there is no available surveillance photos or video of the suspect. Robbery Squad Detectives are working a variety of leads, police said.

Nassau detectives believe the suspect in the Easter Sunday heist is the same man who struck eight Long Island gas stations last week, his features concealed and his attacks timed to the 3-4 a.m. hour.

Again Sunday, the bandit made off with an undetermined amount of cash and his smokes, detectives said. Zacchia said it is part of the same pattern of robberies.

The pattern became apparent on Friday, when three robberies took place in a 20-minute period in Farmingdale, Hicksville and Levittown. They came one day to the hour that three gas stations were hit along Northern Boulevard in the Roslyn-Great Neck area Thursday by a man fitting the same description.

Two days earlier, two stations were hit by a man fitting a similar description. A BP Gas station in Garden City Park was robbed about 3:30 a.m. and a second station was struck in West Hempstead 30 minutes later about four miles away. In both cases, the man demanded and made off with money and cigarettes.

The serial robbery suspect is described as being a light skinned black male, 5’ 8,” 25-30 years of age.

Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this robbery to call the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Jason Molinet April 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Police say bandit caught! http://patch.com/A-3vW6
Lorraine DeVita April 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM
by NYPD! lol..
Mark April 05, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Ed, do you really believe that non-sense coming out of your mouth? Excuse me, but crime was rising way way way before they closed any pcts. Its been on the increase for the past 10+ years, check the stats. I know how the pct commanders manipulate the numbers so it "appears" the police are doing a better job than they really are, it gives the community that warm fuzzy feeling so they don't ask to many questions. I'm curious Ed, how long you been on the "job" with the NCPD? Don't lie...LOL
ed April 06, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Mark......I guess you forgot the hundreds of officers who have retired in the last few years and ED MANGANO has not hired a SINGLE new officer. These officers are taken from special patrols to fill patrol and/or promoted. That equals less cops on the street while paying the same in taxes.
Yankee Man April 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I drive around at night and the cops park in parking lots of firehouses and othe rplacing where they ar enot visable. Lets not forget thet massapequa cop who was visiting his girlfriend almost every night for hours at a time without getting caught. There is very little supevision and those supes are sleeping as well.

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