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Medford man charged with robbing four Suffolk stores at gunpoint, cops say

Suffolk County police at Aura Vape on Middle

Suffolk County police at Aura Vape on Middle Country Road in Selden on April 11. Credit: Stringer News Service

A Medford man was arrested Tuesday and charged with robbing four businesses at gunpoint this month, Suffolk County police said.

Eric Wright, 31, is accused of committing the robberies from April 5 to Sunday, police said in a news release Wednesday.

The sites were a Conoco gas station in Patchogue, the Aura Vape smoke shop in Selden, a Subway in Setauket and a 7-Eleven store in Holtsville, police said in  the release.

Police said Wright entered the stores, displayed a weapon that “appeared to be a handgun” and demanded that employees give him cash. In each instance, Wright escaped with "proceeds," but police declined to say how much money was stolen.

Wright was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and charged with four counts of first-degree robbery, according to police.

Separately, police also accused Wright of stealing and pawning jewelry from a Setauket home, charging him with one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police did not have further information.

Bail of $65,000 cash or $150,000 bond was set at Wright's arraignment Wednesday in First District Court and he will be defended by the Legal Aid Society. His next court date is Monday.

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