Serial robber targeting seniors - Brooklyn Paper

Serial robber targeting seniors

Busy bandit: Cops believe the man pictured is responsible for holding up 14 men at gunpoint throughout Mill Basin, Flatlands, East Flatbush, and Canarsie over the course of 21 days.

Cops are hunting a robber who’s been holding up older men in Mill Basin, East Flatbush, Flatlands and Canarsie, and is suspected in 14 crimes perpetrated over the course of 21 days.

The 63rd Precinct became aware of the serial crook after he robbed a 70-year-old man on E. 40th Street on July 10, taking his jewelry.

The victim told police that he was between avenues H and I at 11:30 am, when the thief drew a silver pistol on him and stripped him of his valuables.

The crook’s latest victim was a 50-year-old man he robbed on E. 95th Street in East Flatbush on July 31.

That victim told police he was between avenues A and B at 11:45 am, when the crook stopped him, a silver pistol in hand, and took his jewelry.

The robber is described as a young black man with a light complexion, between the ages of 18–25 and short, measuring just 5’5”. He was last seen wearing a light-colored baseball hat.

The thief tends to operate in the daylight hours, with his earliest robbery perpetrated at 9:25 am and his latest at 5:25 pm.

His victims range in age from 48 to 78 years of age, cops said.

Anyone with information regarding the crook is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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