11/11/13 10:42am
11/11/2013 10:42 AM
PAUL TROMBLEE

PAUL TROMBLEE

A Manorville man who police say is responsible for a string of robberies across Suffolk County – including one at a video game store in Mattituck – remains held on $100,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Friday.

Paul Tromblee, 35, was arrested on Saturday and was seen in First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

Suffolk County police announced the arrest on Saturday, and Southold Police later said, “additional charges for Tromblee are forthcoming regarding the Game Stop robbery in Southold Town.”

Online court records indicate that Tromblee is being held on $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash bail. Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Southold Police announced shortly after the Mattituck GameStop robbery that a link between the incident and the others further west were likely evident.

During the Mattituck robbery, which occurred last Wednesday, a man reportedly entered the store and “displayed what appeared to be a handgun,” getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a police statement. No one was hurt in the robbery, police at the scene said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

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11/06/13 12:51pm
11/06/2013 12:51 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Southold police officer ropes off the scene of an armed robbery at the GameStop in Mattituck Tuesday night.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Southold police officer ropes off the scene of an armed robbery at the GameStop in Mattituck Tuesday night.

Southold Town police are investigating whether Tuesday night’s armed robbery at a Mattituck video game store is related to a string of armed robberies across Suffolk County, including one at a Calverton gas station last week, the police chief said.

“I think there are some very similar cases that Suffolk County’s having right now,” said chief Martin Flatley.

The robbery occurred just after 5 p.m. at GameStop, a video game store located in the Mattituck Plaza at the corner of Main Road and Factory Avenue, police said.

A man entered the store and “displayed what appeared to be a handgun,” getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a police statement. No one was hurt in the robbery, police at the scene said.

The GameStop had been open at midnight for the early release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the highly anticipated sequel to a popular war game series.

Police taped off the front of the store Tuesday night as a state K-9 unit helped search the area for the suspect.

Police Chief Martin Flatley said police were investigating whether the man drove away from the scene or was picked up after the robbery.

“With K9, if you have a very short [scent] track and you kind of lose things, maybe he got into a car, maybe he got picked up,” he explained.

Chief Flatley said police were compiling witness statements and surveillance footage from stores in the shopping center to determine how the robber fled.

The suspect remains at large.

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