A masked robber armed with a machete held up an ice cream store about 20 minutes after he unsuccessfully tried to stick up a doughnut shop about five miles away, Nassau County police said.

The machete-wielding robber demanded money from the clerks at Dunkin Donuts on Merrick Road in Seaford, but the victims told the assailant that there was no money and the suspect fled empty handed at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Then, at 9:43 p.m., a robber with a similar description who was armed with a machete demanded money from a clerk at the Carvel on Northwest Drive in South Farmingdale, police said. The victim handed about $40 from his tip jar to the robber, who then fled the scene, police said.

In the first case, the suspect was described as 5’7” tall, wearing a black hat, dark-colored jacket, blue jeans, black and white sneakers and black gloves. In the second case, the suspect was described as wearing a dark gray jacket, a black ski hat, white sneakers and a dark gray scarf covering his face.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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