Mineola (WALK) - Another oil delivery driver has been robbed, and Nassau police now say that they believe the same group is behind 4 hold ups since mid-December.
Detectives called for tips from the public yesterday and released a sketch of one of the suspects (pictured at left). No one's been hurt, but the suspects usually have a gun, police say. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered by Nassau Crime Stoppers for tips that lead to an arrest.
The robbers seem to believe the oil truck delivery men carry around a lot of cash from homeowners paying their oil bills, but police say that isn't the case. The robbery proceeds haven't amounted to much, and in three of four hold-ups, the suspects only made off with the workers' personal cash and effects.
The most recent robbery took place in Roosevelt yesterday morning. A worker for Petro Oil was approached by a man with a gun who demanded money. The suspect was described as being between the ages of 15 and 20 and 5'5" to 5'7" tall, wearing a puffy black jacket, gloves and blue jeans.
There were two other hold-ups earlier this month. On January 17th, an oil truck driver was robbed as he made a delivery at a home on Coolidge Avenue in Baldwin. Two suspects got away in a blue Chevrolet Malibu with out-of-state license plates. On January 14th, another worker pumping oil at a home on Webster Avenue in Hempstead was approached by two men, one of whom pretended to be ahomeowner, and was robbed of his wallet.
The first hold-up was reported on December 16th in Baldwin, where two men approached a Slomin's Oil truck during a delivery, threw the driver to the ground and robbed him of cash.
Police ask that anyone who recognizes the sketch at left or who has any information about the oil truck driver robberies contact Nassau Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS.
Photo: Nassau Police