HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (WABC) -- Suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun, two female employees at Beach Bum Tanning Salon in Huntington Station were rendered helpless by a serial robber around 8:30 Friday night.
According to police, the suspect forced the pair to the rear of the store where he tied them up, and with no other customers inside, managed to clear out the register before slipping away. Police believe the suspect is tied to at least a dozen other Long Island robberies stretching back to summer. Since August, several women's clothing stores have been targeted, and just a couple of weeks ago the Pier 1 Imports in Huntington Station was also hit in the same manner, with employees and customers forced to the back of the store and restrained, while one worker was forced to help the suspect open a safe.
In Nassau County, police believe the same suspect held up a Petco in Hicksville Aug. 20, the Dollar Store in Levittown Aug. 31, Torrid in Westbury Sept. 15, Dress Barn in New Hyde Park Sept. 17, Mandee's in East Meadow Oct. 5 and Joyce Leslie in Carle Place Oct. 8. In the Petco case, he used toy handcuffs to restrain three employees.
The following robberies, which are also similar in nature, have occurred in Suffolk County this year:
- Nov. 22: Pier 1 Imports in Huntington Station
- Sept. 7: Avenue Clothing in East Farmingdale
- Oct. 12: New York and Co. in West Babylon
- Oct. 26: Avenue Clothing in Deer Park
- Nov. 2: Rainbow Shops in North Lindenhurst
The suspect typically wears a hat, hoodie or a scarf to conceal his face, and is described as between 5'10", an 6' tall with a medium build.
A $5000 cash reward is now being offered for any information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS
Beach Bum Tanning robbed on Long Island, may be part of robbery series, police say