Cops: Joseph Broekhuisen, 23, Charged with String of Robberies in Suffolk County; Interviewed Then Arrested
June 5, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Suffolk County Police arrested a man yesterday for a series of robberies, attempted robbery, burglary and attempted burglary during the months of May and June.
According to police, a man entered Kentucky Fried Chicken, located at 210 E. Main St., Bay Shore, on June 3 wearing a mask, with a brown paper bag over his left hand, implying that he had a gun at approximately 10:40 p.m. The suspect fled with proceeds from the store. A short time later, a man entered a 7-Eleven, located at 12 Saxon Ave., Bay Shore, also wearing a mask, with a brown paper bag over his left hand at approximately 11:30 p.m. The suspect left the store without any proceeds.
Broekhuisen, 23, who has no known address, was charged with three counts of Robbery 1st Degree, Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree and Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree. Photo SCPD.
Surveillance video was provided to Third Precinct Police Officers James Brucculeri and Jose Cardus who recognized the clothing of a man they had interviewed earlier in the day. Brucculeri and Cardus, along with the assistance of Police Officer Dana Rodriguez, began canvassing the Bay Shore area and located Joseph Broekhuisen at Park Avenue and Mechanicsville Road at 7:25 p.m. Broekhuisen, 23, who is undomiciled, was transported to the Third Precinct where he was interviewed by detectives and arrested.
Broekhuisen, in addition to admitting to both robberies on June 3, acknowledged that he had robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 27, Bay Shore on May 27, and a 7-Eleven on East Little Neck Road, West Babylon, on May 17. Broekhuisen also admitted that he burglarized West Babylon Cards and Gifts on Sunrise Highway, West Babylon and that he attempted to burglarize Nanitos Deli on Little Neck Road, West Babylon on May 19.
Broekhuisen was charged with three counts of Robbery 1st Degree, Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree and Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree. He was held at the Third Precinct and was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, June 5, 2015.
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