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Armed Robber May Be From Medford

Suspect uses body shop cars to flee local robberies, according to report.

Image of a suspected armed robber who police say has been responsible for a string of robberies throughout the area. This photo comes from the Jan. 7 robbery of Best Express convenience store in Lake Ronkonkoma. Photo courtesy Suffolk County Police.
Image of a suspected armed robber who police say has been responsible for a string of robberies throughout the area. This photo comes from the Jan. 7 robbery of Best Express convenience store in Lake Ronkonkoma. Photo courtesy Suffolk County Police.

Suffolk County Police are reportedly getting closer to finding the armed robber suspected of committing atleast 15 robberies throughout Patchogue, Lake Ronkonkokma, Nesconset and nearby areas since Dec. 9.

Police have previously described the man as possibly Hispanic, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 inches tall, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored scarf and mask covering his face. Only one photo of the man has been released thus far, taken from the Jan. 7 robbery of the Best Express convenience store in Lake Ronkonkoma.

According to police sources cited by Newsday, the suspect lives in Medford and works at a body shop. The police source also said in the report that investigators believe the cars that the man used to flee the robberies came from the shop. According to intelligence documents obtained by the publication, the suspect has driven off in either a silver car with a sun roof, a foor-door sedan, a pickup truck or a sport utility vehicle. The suspect has also fled on foot for some of the robberies.

Det. Lt. Edward Reilly told Newsday that the man targets cash-type businesses, and has stolen nearly $2,000 from a Sunoco gas station at 3423 Route 112 in Coram on Christmas Day. According to the documents, the suspect stole $700 on two different nights from the Medford location of Subway at 2920 Route 112. However, the man reportedly did not get any money from the 7-Eleven at 2810 Route 112 in Medford on Jan. 3 nor the Royal Market at 451 Glen Drive in Shirley on Jan. 2.

Patch contacted Suffolk County Police regarding the claims of the police source and intelligence documents, and was told that police are not confirming these at this time. The investigation is still ongoing, police said.

Click here for the report in Newsday (Subscription).

Patchogue Snoop January 16, 2014 at 08:10 AM
And the Keystone cops get closer!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you know the SCPD is getting a 30% salary increase over the next five years despite over 80% being at top step. So the top step will now be upped to........140,000 plus a 70K benefit package.....add in 20k in av ot due to making arrests five minutes before the end of their shift and walla....we have police making more than every Governor in the USA! Nest up teachers. Public sector unions are responsible for at least a third of your insane tax bill.....when are the voters going to educate themselves and wake up? Due to the sheer numbers of teachers, cops and other union members in out towns who turn out to put those hacks who reward votes with raises including every child, cousin, uncle, aunt, Grammy you get it, the political pic may never change. Gee, what ever happened with the Newday expose on crooked cops and the two top cops of Nass and Suff? Not a damn thing.
Archie Bunker January 16, 2014 at 09:09 AM
so angry.... so sad
Archie Bunker January 16, 2014 at 09:10 AM
My advice to local businesses - if you spend the money on a security system, please spend the extra money on cameras that actually produce clear, identifiable images.

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