NJ robber targets ice cream, donut shops

August 26, 2009 2:34:36 PM PDT
Police in New Jersey are looking for a serial robber who has hit several stores in the last week. He particularly targets ice cream and donut shops.In the span of a week, the suspect has become a menace to Morris County, pulling off, police believe, at least five armed robberies, mostly at ice cream shops. Each time, he hands the cashier a note.

"The note stated that he wanted the money, he had a gun, and put it in a bag," Livingston police Captain Jeffrey Payne said.

Livingston police are investigating a robbery at a Baskin Robbins-Dunkin Donuts at the Livingston Mall Monday, in which the suspect stole $1,000.

"He keeps his hands in his pockets," detective Debbie Shumaker said. "We don't know if it's a gun or a cell phone. He was seen on a cell phone before."

Police in Madison, Morristown, Hanover and Livingston are all comparing notes and sharing evidence because their towns have been hit by a person fitting a similar description.

He usually strikes between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. He wears distinct women's sunglasses and, on a few occassions, a Chicago Cubs baseball cap.

He was seen leaving one hold up in a silver four-door Acura TL.

The suspect got $200 when he held up Ice Milan dessert shop in Hanover. The Ice Milan store was robbed five days ago, but remains closed. The owner says the parents of her young employees are too afraid to let them work.

Mike Cefolo owns the bagel shop two doors from Ice Milan. He's had a couple of break-ins, but no robberies.

"It's not nice to have someone come to town, hold up a gun to a high school girl, scare her to death," he said.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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