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Police looking for suspect, information in two armed robberies

Suffolk police are looking for an armed robber who investigators believe robbed a 7-Eleven and a gas station 15 minutes apart in the Town of Islip early Wednesday.

The first robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven at 1320 5th Ave. in Bay Shore about 3:05 a.m., Suffolk County police said. About 15 minutes later, police said an armed man entered the BP gas station at 660 Islip Ave. in Brentwood, robbing that business as well.

Police said in the first incident the robber entered, displayed "what appeared to be a handgun," then demanded cash. The employee complied.

The second robbery used the same method, police said.

"Detectives believe both robberies may have been committed by the same man," police said in a statement about the crimes.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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