LAKE GROVE, NY, AND OAKDALE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Suffolk County Police announced the arrest of a woman late Tuesday night for allegedly committing five robberies—including nearby in Lake Ronkonkoma and Oakdale—within eight days.
According to police, a woman entered five businesses between Dec. 27, 2019, and Jan. 3, 2020, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, demanded cash and fled with proceeds. Following an investigation, police said it was determined the robberies were allegedly committed by Anahi Gomez, 18, of 1789 Stein Dr., Bay Shore. Police said they arrested Gomez last night, Jan. 7, at 9:45 p.m.
Two of the alleged robberies in Lake Ronkonkoma and Oakdale occurred within an hour of each other on Dec. 27, police said.
Major Case Unit detectives charged Gomez with five counts of Robbery 1st Degree for the following alleged robberies:
- Applegreen, located at 540 Islip Ave., Islip, on Jan. 3 at 9:22 p.m.
- Grog Shop, located at 185 Depot Rd., Huntington Station, on Dec. 30 at 7:27 p.m.
- 76, located at 1714 New York Ave., Huntington Station, on Dec. 28 at 10:45 p.m.
- Delta, located at 85 Church St., Lake Ronkonkoma, on Dec. 27 at 9:32 p.m.
- Valero, located at 1628 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, on Dec. 27 at 8:31 p.m.
Gomez was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Jan. 8. According to Newsday on Wednesday evening, Gomez was being held on $50,000 bond.
The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on these robberies to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
Police remind the public a criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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