Riverhead man arrested for western Suffolk armed robberies

A Riverhead man is being held on $100,000 cash bail after being charged with robbing three different businesses in western Suffolk County late last year.

Zachary Kupfer used a knife to rob three places in between Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, according to a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota,

He is being charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of third-degree robbery and three counts of petit larceny.

The spokesman, Bob Clifford, said Mr. Kupfer first robbed a Subway sandwich shop on Route 109 in West Babylon. Suffolk County Police said the Roanoke Avenue resident entered the store around 7:15 p.m. and used a kitchen knife to demand money.

Mr. Kupfer allegedly hit The Barn on Belmont Avenue in West Babylon around 10 p.m. the following day. Mr. Clifford said he pointed a knife at the employee, told her to step away from the register, stole money and fled the store.

Three days later, on Dec. 5, he robbed The Dairy Barn on N. Welwood Avenue in Lindenhurst and did the same thing, according to Mr. Clifford.

More charges may or may not be forthcoming.

According to a Suffolk Police spokesperson, Mr. Kupfer was also involved in a robbery on Nov. 28 in N. Lindenhurst. According to police, also armed with a kitchen knife, he stole money from a Dunkin’ Donuts around 8:45 p.m.

However, Mr. Kupfer has not been charged in relation to that incident, according to the DA’s office.

Mr. Kupfer pleaded not guilty on Feb. 19 and is due back in court next Thursday.

First degree robbery is a class B felony, which carries a minimum five-year sentence.

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