Investigators said Yama Basir, 26, of 1791 Wilson Ave., entered the Valero Gas Station at 1470 Jerusalem Avenue on July 19, 2012 at 9:20 a.m. and demanded cash from the attendant. The employee handed over an undetermined amount of cash and Basir reportedly fled on foot from the gas station.
Police said Basir did not display a weapon during the incident and no one was injured. He was arrested at the Nassau County First Precinct stationhouse. It was not immediately clear what led police to suspect Basir.
It is not his first time being accused of robbing a gas station. Court records show Basir pleaded guilty in June 2012 to second-degree attempted robbery and petit larceny in connection with the robbery of a gas station in Queens Village back in December 2011. When he was arrested, the Queens County district attorney’s office said Basir displayed a fake gun and ordered workers at the store to give up their money before fleeing the scene. He was arrested a short time after and police found the imitation handgun. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on March 20.
For the alleged robbery in Merrick, Basir was charged with third-degree robbery and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead. Court records did not list an attorney for Basir’s new case.