Suffolk County Police have been on a hunt for the man responsible for more than eight robberies in Suffolk County over the course of the past two weeks. This weekend cops officially made an arrest.
Paul Tromblee, 35, of Manorville, was arrested on Saturday afternoon driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven.
Police identified Tromblee as the suspect of the recent crime sprees based on video surveillance and tips received via Crime Stoppers.
Tromblee’s robbery spree began on Oct. 26. His targets for robbery have included gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia. Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were also targeted.
According to police, all merchants were targeted by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to make a purchase.
Police are continuing to investigate if there are other robbery incidents Tromblee is responsible for. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS. Calls are kept confidential.
Tromblee faces charges, including eight counts of robbery in the first-degree and one count of robbery in the third-degree.
He received his arraignment yesterday at First District Court in Central Islip and was ordered to be held on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. He returns to court on Friday.
[Source: Suffolk County Police Department]