Cops nabbed a Long Island man Wednesday for as many as 27 knifepoint robberies at fast-food joints, officials said.
Khalif House, 24, of Hempstead, was caught early Wednesday, with his suspected accomplice, Lizette Beltry, 24, just after they robbed a Dollar Tree in College Point, Queens, and a Dunkin’ Donuts in Little Neck, authorities said.
Police believe House struck 10 times in New York City, 13 times in Nassau County and four times in Suffolk County — largely targeting Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, and Carvel outlets.
“I’m happy to report that last night’s manhunt has resulted in the arrest of the suspected knife-point robber, and that’s great news for us here in our county as well as in our neighboring county,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said at a press conference Wednesday.
The robberies may have begun as early as February, police said, adding they fueled House’s heroin habit.
Typically, House would case the stores before committing a crime, observing employees’ work behavior and patterns, cops said. He often smoked a cigarette as he watched. Then, according to authorities, he would go inside, put a knife to the throat of a worker, and take off with cash.
After robbing the College Point store Tuesday, he went to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Northern Blvd. — but was spotted by cops, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Cops nabbed Beltry, who was sitting in a car police believe was the getaway vehicle for most of the robberies, at the Dunkin’ Donuts, Boyce said.
The alleged accomplice helped cops track House to a Floral Park, L.I., home, police said.