A Farmingville man has been charged in a string of robberies from gas stations and convenience stores in Islandia, Holbrook and Farmingville over the past two weeks, Suffolk police said.
In the most recent incident, on Tuesday about 1 p.m., Justin Sheridan, 28, entered USA Gasoline, at 1111 Old Nichols Rd., in Islandia and pretended he was going to make a purchase, authorities said. When the attendant opened the register, Sheridan pushed him and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Sheridan fled in a 1999 Buick but a description of the suspect and his vehicle were broadcast over police radio, officials said.
Officers from Suffolk’s Firearms Suppression Team found the vehicle around 4 p.m. in Farmingville on Tuesday. After a short pursuit, police took him into custody at Blue Point Road and Long Island Avenue in Holtsville.
Sheridan was charged with third-degree robbery, reckless driving and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
He also was charged with two counts of petit larceny for stealing cash from a 7-Eleven, at 710 Horseblock Rd. in Farmingville, on June 8, and from Gulf Gas, at 5106 Express Dr. South in Holbrook, on June 16. During both robberies, police said Sheridan reached over the counter and stole cash from the register.
Sheridan had two passengers in his Buick at the time of his arrest. Both were arrested on unrelated charges.
Leslie Harris, 44, of Coram, was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, second-degree criminal impersonation, first-degree filing a false instrument, petit larceny for an incident in November 2015 and an outstanding bench warrant.
Jasmine Anello, 21, of Farmingville, was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument.
Sheridan was scheduled to be arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday while Harris is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. Anello was issued a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.