Authorities are searching for a man they say is responsible for a string of robberies across New York City.
Police believe that August Watkins, 30, has committed 16 robberies in Queens and Brooklyn, primarily targeting businesses such as mini-marts, fast food eateries, gas stations and drug stores, among others.
The first in the series of robberies occurred around 6:40 a.m. on March 26, at the N & K Smart Mart at 79-23 Northern Blvd. and was followed by a pattern of daily robberies, sometimes several per day, in which the suspect allegedly hit small businesses in Queens and Brooklyn, police reported.
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In all, the alleged robber has stolen more than $13,000 and $91 worth of cigarettes, according to CBS2.
The most recent crime was on Tuesday, April 5, in Sunnyside, Queens, when the suspect robbed a Subway restaurant at 43-19 Queens Blvd., police stated.
In each robbery, the suspect simulates a firearm before taking cash from the register, according to police, who added that there have been no reported injuries in the crime spree.
Watkins is a Hispanic man who is 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and 125 pounds, police said. He was last seen in gray jogging pants and a black jacket.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto theCrime Stoppers websiteor by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.