A man allegedly responsible for 18 knifepoint robberies is in custody after being arrested Monday night.
Shane Cashmore, 30, a homeless man, was charged with multiple counts of first-degree robbery in connection with the robberies. He was arrested along with two other people, a Levittown couple, Paul Drab, 26, and Juliana Pantaleone, 31. He is allegedly responsible for numerous robberies across Long Island since February, reports Newsday.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said in a statement that the department is convinced that Chasmore is their suspect.
“We have no doubt Mr. Cashmore was responsible for these 18 robberies. We are glad to bring this spree to an end.”
A sports car was apparently a central element in the investigation. The car, a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon, was parked Monday night on President Street.
Detectives were focusing their investigation on the Carvel on New York Avenue as there were a “number of locations in the vicinity that matched.”
Cashmore was arrested after he robbed the Carvel.
Drab and Pantaleone were in the car “getting ready to inject heroin” and were arrested at the same time.
Police charged the couple each with first-degree robbery.
Authorities say that Cashmore is responsible for robbing the Carvel Monday night, 15 earlier robberies, and two attempted robberies.
The 18 robberies took place from mid-February until Monday night. They mostly occurred at chain ice cream shops as well as sandwich shops in the Nassau and Suffolk areas. No one was harmed, and two of them were attempted robberies.
Cashmore faces eight counts of robbery at an arraignment Tuesday in Suffolk court.
He faces 10 counts of first-degree robbery in Nassau, says Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Sini heralded police in Suffolk and in Nassau for their “excellent collaboration” in the investigation, and Krumpter said it was “a model for how investigations should go.”
Commissioner Sini said the departments were able to get a GPS tracking device attached to the suspect’s getaway vehicle. The vehicle is such a rare sports car that only about 200 models are registered on Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.
An officer investigating the owners of these cars remembered arresting Drab on a drug-related charge. Pantaleone, his girlfriend, owns the car.
Cashmore said that his motive for the robberies was his addiction to heroin.
[Feature photo: Ed Betz; News 12 Long Island]