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Long Island Man Arrested After Robbing Ice Cream Truck at Intersection


After a less than pleasant experience on Long Island Saturday night, one Mister Softee ice cream truck driver may be ready to close-up shop for the summer. Suffolk County Police say they have arrested Robert Martone, who is accused of robbing an ice cream truck at an intersection Saturday.

NBC New York reports that Martone came into the custody of police after he was chased down by a witness to the odd crime:

"Martone jumped into the truck through the order window, displayed a gun and robbed the driver of cash.

A witness, Michael Rhatigan, happened to be stopped at the same traffic light and saw the robbery in action. Rhatigan chased Martone into a nearby wooded area, and with the help of the Mister Softee truck driver, held the man until police arrived."

The Long Island Press reports that Martone's weapon turned out to be fake, and was recovered along with the stolen cash by police. Martone has been charged with robbery, and is set to be arraigned on Monday.

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