Police: Man burglarizes home, robs woman in parking lot

Jeffrey Kohberger, 31, of Stony Brook, was arrested

Jeffrey Kohberger, 31, of Stony Brook, was arrested on Thursday, May 15, 2014, and charged with robbery, attempted robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and burglary, Sixth Squad detectives said. (Credit: SCPD)

A man burglarized a home in his Stony Brook neighborhood, stole a car and robbed a gas station Thursday in what Suffolk County police called a crime spree.

Jeffrey Kohberger, 31, of 1 Burgess Lane, is charged with second- and third-degree robbery, second-degree attempted robbery, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Sixth Squad detectives said.

He also is charged with second-degree burglary for burglarizing a neighbor's house, police said.


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After burglarizing the house, Kohberger tried to take the car keys and pocketbook of a woman, 22, who was walking to her vehicle at around 7:15 p.m. in the parking lot near the Vitamin Shoppe at 1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook, police said.

The woman fought him off, and Kohberger ran away. Four-minutes later, Kohberger knocked down a woman, 38, as she was getting into her car near Party City at 205 Hallock Rd., police said.

He stole her keys and drove away in her 2002 Mazda Tribute, police said.

About 15 minutes later, the same man entered the USA gas station at 616 Main St., Port Jefferson, police said. When a clerk opened the cash register, the suspect knocked the clerk to the ground and took an unspecified amount of cash, police said.

Kohberger told officers that "the guy wouldn't give me change for a $100 bill so I pushed him and took money," said Bob Clifford, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office.

The suspect then fled in the stolen car, police said.

Sixth Precinct officers, along with those from the Canine Section, conducted an extensive search. Officer Scott Dugan arrested Kohberger at Sunrise Laundromat at 102 Rte. 25A, Port Jefferson Station, at about 8:35 p.m.

After his arrest, investigators recovered jewelry from his underpants and Kohberger told them they were proceeds from the house burglary, Clifford said.

Kohberger was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip and held pending a bail of $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond.

With Ellen Yan

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