By Sabina Mollot
On Saturday, police arrested a man they believ to behind a string of armed heists at businesses near Stuyvesant Town and in the East Village as well as in another neighborhoods.
Kenneth Nottage, 47, who police said lives in Gramercy at 347 East 18th Street, was apprehended in the 19th Precinct, which covers the Upper East Side.
Over the weekend, police had circulated a wanted poster for Nottage, at the time listing his last known address in Staten Island.
Nottage was collared after allegedly hitting a dozen stores in nine days, in each case either pulling a knife or simulating a gun while demanding cash. One shop employee told Town & Village last week he’d worn a stocking over his face.
Police said he is facing four counts of robbery for the third, seventh, ninth and 12th incidents, while the others are still being investigated by the Central Robbery Division. He’s also facing burglary charges.
In just one of the incidents, despite an alleged threat to shoot an employee, Nottage left the store empty-handed, after an employee gave him a shove.
This was at East Village Fruit and Vegetable at 229 Avenue B at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7. At that time, Nottage allegedly placed on object onto an employee’s back, stating, in substance, “Don’t move or I’m going to shoot you!”
He then allegedly demanded that the cashier, another employee, open the register and give him cash. The workers refused and one shoved Nottage, who then ran out of the deli.
A spokesperson for the NYPD and the D.A. did not have additional information as to how Nottage was apprehended.
He has three prior arrests although no information was available as to those incidents, and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 17.
Nottage’s Legal Aid attorney, Richard Charney, declined to comment on the charges.
According to police, the alleged crime pattern is as follows.
At 3:25 a.m. on Thursday, a robber hit April 2 at One’s Fruit and Grocery, 315 First Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, getting away with $400.
At 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, police said the same man returned to One’s Fruit and Grocery and this time made off with $950 — his biggest haul.
At 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, cops said he headed to I.Q. Decor, at 242 East 14th Street and Second Avenue and after demanding cash, snatched $366 out of the cash register.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, April 6 at I Green Market, 271 First Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets, he got away with $600.
At about 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at a book store at 66 Avenue A and East 5th Street he took $200.
Later that evening, at around 9 p.m., he headed to 13 Avenue A, home to New Up and Up Laundry, and ran off with $250.
At 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, he attempted to rob East Village Fruit and Vegetable.
On Wednesday, April 8 at 2:20 p.m. he headed to midtown to Irish Green Cleaners, located at 226 East 53rd Street. There, cops said, he simulated having a weapon, and took $200.
On Thursday, April 9, at about 2 p.m., he went to Crumbs Bake Shop, located at 775 Columbus Avenue, where he lifted a counter top and threatened to shoot an employee. He then took approximately $190 from the cash register and fled.
Later that evening, at 9:40 p.m., he simulated a weapon while demanding cash at a Subway sandwich shop, located at 301 Cathedral Parkway North. Then he swiped an undetermined amount of money from the register.
On Friday, April 10 at a little after 6 in the morning, he entered a Dunkin Donuts, located at 1630 Madison Avenue, and simulated a weapon. He then swiped $294 from the cash register and fled the scene.
Then at 4 p.m., he went to another Dunkin Donuts, this one located at 2103 Eighth Avenue, where he went behind the counter, simulated a gun and demanded cash. He fled with $100.