By Carl Corry
Suffolk County Police Pattern Crime Unit detectives are investigating an armed robbery at a Huntington Station store Friday night that has the markings of similar incidents in Nassau and Suffolk going back to August.
Police say a man armed with a handgun entered Beach Bum Tanning, at 333 E. Jericho Turnpike, at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and forced two female employees to the rear of the store. The man then restrained the victims and removed cash from the drawers. There were no customers in the store and the two victims were uninjured.
Police described the robber as between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, with a thin-to-medium build. He was wearing a scarf and hat.
Similar robberies have occurred in Nassau County since Aug. 20. In Suffolk, there have been five similar incidents: on Sept. 7 at Avenue Clothing in East Farmingdale; on Oct. 12 at New York and Co. in West Babylon; on Oct. 26 at Avenue Clothing in Deer Park; on Nov. 2 at Rainbow Shops in North Lindenhurst; and on Nov. 22 at Pier 1 Imports in Huntington Station.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.