A man wore a surgical mask to conceal his identity when he held up a string of Long Island businesses — but he couldn’t fool his mom, who recognized him from a surveillance photo, according to authorities.
Marchell Rountree, 50, of Bellport, NY, turned himself in Monday, two days after Suffolk County police released a photo taken during an April 24 robbery of an East Patchogue gas station, officials said.
“Lots of people saw my picture, but a mother knows her child,” Rountree told cops, according to a statement from Suffolk County DA Timothy Sini’s office, which cited court documents.
Rountree was accused of robbing several businesses — including 7-Elevens and gas stations — in East Patchogue, Yaphank and Holbrook between Feb. 17 and Saturday.
In each holdup, he wore a surgical mask and brandished what appeared to be a handgun, officials said.
Rountree, who was charged with five counts of first-degree robbery, was arraigned Monday and held on $125,000 cash or $2,590,000 bond, according to Sini.