Brooklyn crime spree finally over, police say
Frozen yogurt and sandwich lovers in Brooklyn can now breathe a little easier.
A man has been charged with allegedly robbing the same Park Slope Tasti D-Lite three times, along with Subway restaurants and a handful of other retail establishments.
Robert Coston, 47, allegedly started his robbery spree on Oct. 17, when he stuck up the Tasti D-Lite for the first time. By Nov. 5, 11 additional robberies occurred, all but one of them in Brooklyn, according to police.
In each incident, Coston allegedly pulled out a gun, demanded money and then fled the scene without harming anyone.
The case took a pivotal turn Wednesday, when police received an anonymous tip identifying Coston as the perpetrator. After determining that Coston had checked into the Linden Motor Inn in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, cops apprehended him there without incident.
Coston has been charged with robbing the Tasti D-Lite Oct. 17, Oct. 26 and Nov. 4.
He also has been charged with twice robbing a Subway restaurant in Boerum Hill, with twice robbing a hair salon in Park Slope, and with trying and failing to rob a Subway restaurant in Fort Greene.
Also, Coston allegedly held up an ice cream restaurant in Cobble Hill, a cleaners in Prospect Heights and an Upper East Side movie theater.