A Brooklyn man who launched a massive robbery spree years ago was sentenced to 68 years behind bars Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.
Authorities charged Robert Coston (pictured) with holding up five businesses in Brooklyn 12 times between October and November 2012. According to officials, Coston robbed a Park Slope Tasti-D-Lite three times, a laundromat two times, a dry cleaning place in Prospect Heights neighborhood three times and a few Subway restaurants. Per NBC New York, he also robbed a Blue Marble Ice Cream Restaurant.
Watch a news report about Coston’s robberies here:
Shortly after his arrest, Coston reportedly told officers he committed the robberies to support his kids.
“My sons are in college,” he said. “I was looking for work. I couldn’t find work. I’m very sorry for what I did, though.” The owner of the Tasti-D-Lite corroborated this story, saying Coston appeared “very calm” while holding him up.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I hate to do this. I have a family to feed,’” Mayer Levy said.
A clerk in one of the Subway restaurants managed to escape by locking himself in a closet, officials added. Brooklyn D.A. Kenneth Thompson said Coston’s long sentence is to deter others.
“The long prison time he now faces sends a clear message that those who would disrupt the safety of our communities will pay dearly for their crimes,” Thompson said.
Coston has a rap sheet including arrests for grand larceny, drug possession, assault, menacing and robbery.
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