Suffolk County police Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron announced three people have been arrested in connection with eight armed robberies and one attempted robbery that occurred at businesses located in the Third, Fifth and Seventh Precincts since Sept. 22. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Two brothers and a woman were arrested in connection with eight armed robberies of gas stations, convenience stores and a restaurant across three Suffolk police precincts, police said Friday.

Charged with robbery and attempted robbery are Jack Hewitt, 25; Brice Hewitt, 24; and Hailey Miller, 19. The three shared a Mastic Beach address, police said.

Acting Suffolk County Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron, at a briefing Friday at police headquarters in Yaphank, said police tracked the robbery pattern of stores where the trio stole cash, cigarettes and lottery scratch-off tickets.

The suspects often showed a gun or held it to a clerk’s head, Cameron said.

"You can imagine how terrifying it would be," he said.

The robberies usually yielded between $75 to $500, Cameron said.

Jack Hewitt, front, and his brother Brice Hewitt in police custody...

Jack Hewitt, front, and his brother Brice Hewitt in police custody Saturday. Credit: John Roca

Police said the weeklong spree came to an end near midnight Thursday when detectives from Suffolk’s Major Case squad pulled over a Ford Explorer driven by Brice Hewitt near the Alder Drive address the three shared. Brice Hewitt and Miller, his girlfriend, were arrested at the scene, and Jack Hewitt was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Just 30 minutes earlier, police said, Jack Hewitt and Miller had entered a 7-Eleven on Sunrise Highway in Islip, displayed a gun, and stolen cigarettes, cash and scratch-off lottery tickets before fleeing in a waiting vehicle driven by Brice Hewitt.

Police said the three also have been charged with robbery of a Subway on Montauk Highway, Shirley, on Sept. 22; a Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, 7-Eleven on Sept. 22; a BP gas station on Sunrise Highway, Holbrook, on Sept. 24; a Speedway on William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, on Sept. 24; a 7-Eleven on North Country Road, Rocky Point, on Sunday; and Family Dollar on The Green in Shirley on Monday.

Jack Hewitt also was charged with robbery of a 7-Eleven on Sunrise Highway, East Patchogue, on Sunday, police said.

Also Sunday, Jack and Brice Hewitt attempted to steal money from the register of a Speedway gas station in Ronkonkoma when they forced an employee to the ground, but they were unable to take any cash, Cameron said.

"It’s pretty clear by the prolific nature of the robberies they’ve engaged in, that had an arrest not been made, they would’ve continued robbing other establishments," Cameron said.

Suffolk County Acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron, at the lectern,...

Suffolk County Acting Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron, at the lectern, and Chief of Detectives Mathew Lewis discuss the alleged robberies. Credit: Morgan Campbell

The incidents occurred between 8:10 p.m. and 3:08 a.m., and a knife or gun was displayed, police said. Jack Hewitt was the primarily assailant who carried out the robberies at gunpoint, Cameron said. No one was injured.

All three suspects were charged with seven counts of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted robbery. Jack Hewitt was charged in the East Patchogue robbery, police said.

Police said they do not have a motive for the alleged robberies.

Jack Hewitt has prior convictions of grand larceny in 2016 and, in 2012, of drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance, Cameron said. Brice Hewitt and Miller have no prior criminal record.

All three were arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday. According to public records, attorney Roger Bruce Rothman represented Miller, but he did not immediately return a request for comment.

With Lorena Mongelli

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