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Cops: 2 men arrested in string of Medford robberies

Joseph Montesano, left, and Joseph Fooks, both of

Joseph Montesano, left, and Joseph Fooks, both of Medford, have been arrested and charged in connection with a string of robberies in Medford. Credit: Composite: SCPD

Two Long Island men have been arrested and charged in connection with a string of robberies in Medford this month, Suffolk County police said Monday

The latest robbery occurred when one of the men entered a Dunkin’ Donuts on Horseblock Road in Medford at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, displayed a gun and demanded cash from an employee at the counter, according to police. An employee complied and the man fled, police said.

Following an investigation, police arrested Joseph Montesano, 22, of Medford, on Route 112 in Medford at 10:44 p.m. Sunday.

Police said that Montesano and another man, Joseph Fooks, 28, also of Medford, were responsible for three other robberies and an attempted robbery in Medford since Oct. 2. Fooks was arrested early Monday, police said.

“Fortunately, no one was injured in any of these instances,” commissioner Geraldine Hart said during a Monday news conference at Suffolk police headquarters in Yaphank. “I appreciate the effort of all the officers and detectives involved to bring an end to this spree before there was an escalation of violence.”  

Det. Sgt. James Brierton of the Major Case Section said investigators were aided by tips called in to Crime Stoppers. He said Suffolk police are trying to determine if Montesano and Fooks have been involved in other crimes and if they were aided by others during the robbery spree.

The two men were charged with first-degree attempted robbery for the Oct. 2 attempted robbery at a Speedway gas station on Route 112 in Medford, police said.

Police said the two men were also charged with first-degree robbery for the following robberies in Medford: USA Gas on Route 112 on Oct. 2; Bolla Market on Route 112 on Oct. 5; BP gas station on Horseblock Road on Oct. 8.

Police said Montesano was charged with first-degree robbery for the robbery at Dunkin’ Donuts on Horseblock Road on Sunday. Montesano, who was on parole for robbery and grand larceny, was also issued a parole warrant, police said.

The two men were arraigned  Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.  Bail for Montesano was set at a total of $50,000 cash or $125,000 bond. Bail for Fooks was set at a total of $40,000 cash or $80,000 bond.

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