Man, 42, charged with Staten Island drugstore stabbing, supermarket theft

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Authorities say a 42-year-old Annadale man threatened a worker with a knife during a brazen broad daylight robbery at a Dongan Hills pharmacy.

The defendant is also accused of shoplifting from a New Dorp supermarket several weeks earlier.

Mark Roccki of North Railroad Street attracted the attention of store staff when he shoplifted May 29 around 11:50 a.m. inside the CVS store at 1361 Hylan Blvd., according to the criminal complaint.

Roccki removed beer, an electric razor, a razor, supplements, deodorant products and a belt from shelves, then placed the items in a backpack and luggage, according to the complaint.

He did not pay for the items before leaving the store, police said.

Roccki was outside the CVS when he brandished a knife and pointed his gun at a person who tried to arrest him, according to the complaint.

The victim then let go of the suspect who fled.

The victim, a 52-year-old man, was a CVS employee, according to a source close to the investigation.

Roccki was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.


The arrest for robbery was not his first run-in with the law in recent weeks.

The defendant was convicted of petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, on April 5 in an unrelated case in Manhattan Criminal Court and was sentenced to time served, the complaint states.

Then, on April 9, Roccki allegedly shoplifted from ShopRite at 2656 Hylan Blvd. just before 9:30 a.m.

The defendant was caught on the store’s video surveillance system removing alcohol, energy drinks and candy from the shelves, placing those items in a blue bag and cooler and leaving without paying, according to the complaint .

He was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the incident at ShopRite.

Roccoki is being held at Rikers Island. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and his bond was set at $100,000/$50,000 cash. He is due in court June 10, according to public records.

The defendant’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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