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

The robberies took place from April 5 to Sunday, police said.

Suffolk County police at Aura Vape on Middle

Suffolk County police at Aura Vape on Middle Country Road in Selden on April 11. Photo 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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