03/18/13 12:10am
03/18/2013 12:10 AM

A masked man armed with a handgun robbed a Chinese restaurant on Front Street in Greenport Sunday night, Southold Town Police said.

The man, who was wearing all black, entered the store shortly after 8:30 p.m. After displaying a black handgun, he stole approximately $400 and took off in an unknown direction, police said.

No other details were immediately available, police said.

01/08/13 2:32pm
01/08/2013 2:32 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | A surveillance still from the armed robbery at Barth’s Pharmacy on East Main Street.

Two Riverhead men have been arrested in connection with the Nov. 7 armed robbery at Barth’s Pharmacy on East Main Street, according to Riverhead Town police said.

Arvell Nash, 21, and Erick Darden, 19, have been charged in the robbery where three men stormed the downtown drugstore at 6 p.m. with a handgun.

Wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, the suspects had grabbed assorted merchandise and cash while holding the employees at gunpoint and had fled the store through a rear door, officials said.

Mr. Nash and Mr. Darden were charged with three counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of third-degree robbery, officials said. Mr. Darden was also charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with separate residential burglaries, police said.

Both men, who have also been charged with robbing a Riverside gas station at gunpoint on Halloween, are currently incarcerated at the Suffolk County correctional facility. No other details were immediately available.

11/20/12 12:19pm
11/20/2012 12:19 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three men robbed this Mattituck gas station of more than $4,000 worth of cash and cigarettes.

A Mattituck gas station was robbed of thousands in cash and cigarettes by three masked men armed with a handgun Monday night, according to the station’s manager.

A masked man entered the BP station on Main Road about 10:15 p.m. and brandished a handgun at the store’s cashier, said manager Recep Zaim on Tuesday. The man forced the employee to lie down on the ground while two other men wearing masks over their faces entered the store began emptying the cash register behind the counter.

About $4,000 in cash and 11 cartons of cigarettes were taken in the robbery, Mr. Zaim said. The men then went to the back of the store and smashed the surveillance cameras before fleeing the scene, he said. The cameras will cost about $2,000 to replace, the manager said.

The employee was unharmed in the robbery, Mr. Zaim said. Police arrived on scene, he said, and were investigating the incident.

Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said in an interview that the suspects fled the area down a nearby side street. K-9 units were called to the scene to investigate, though no one has been arrested yet, he said.

Southold detectives are currently investigating the incident.

The store had been broken into after closing time before, the manager said, but never robbed.

“Not at gunpoint, but every year it’s something,” Mr. Zaim said. Still, he said the area is generally very safe and he was surprised by the robbery.

“I worked other places and you know, this happens, but not here,” Mr. Zaim said. “You think you’re in a safe neighborhood and then this happens.”

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05/20/12 9:00pm
05/20/2012 9:00 PM

Detectives investigating a Riverhead robbery Saturday night in which a man was reportedly beaten and robbed and knifepoint arrested a 19-year-old Brookhaven man who had the victim’s cell phone in his vehicle, according to Riverhead Town police.

The 25-year-old male victim said he was jumped on Union Avenue in Riverhead at about 10 p.m. Saturday by four men wearing masks, according to police.

The victim said two of the men, armed with knives, robbed him of his Boost Mobile cell phone and $250 cash. He told police one of the men put a knife to his throat while the others punched him in the face and kicked him in the legs and back, according to police.

Detectives were told that a red 1998 BMW was used by the suspects, and that car was located a short time later on Hamilton Street in Riverhead.

Andre Grant, 19, of Ridge Haven in Brookhaven was standing by the car, said police. He was detained for further questioning because the victim’s cell phone was located in Mr. Grant’s car, according to police.

Mr. Grant was take to headquarters and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and his car was impounded.

No other arrests have yet been made.