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Police: Miller Place, Medford bank robbery suspects charged

Suffolk County police respond to the robbery of

Suffolk County police respond to the robbery of a TD Bank on Route 112 in Medford on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Two men have been arrested in connection with that robbery, as well as the robbery of a Chase Bank on Route 25A in Miller Place on Wednesday, Suffolk police said in a news release Friday. Credit: Dennis Berger

Two men have been charged with robbing two banks in Suffolk County earlier this week, police said.

Damien Beeker, 32, of Ronkonkoma, and Raymond Peruggi, 27, who has no known address, were arrested Thursday at a Centereach hotel where the two had been staying, Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said at a news conference Friday.

Police said the men robbed the TD Bank on Route 112 in Medford on Tuesday and Chase Bank on Route 25A in Miller Place on Wednesday.

After the TD Bank robbery, police located witnesses at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

“They identified two suspicious individuals and supplied descriptions to detectives,” Cameron said.

Witnesses also had noticed that the two were in a Mitsubishi Lancer. A Lancer was spotted at the hotel, which police declined to name. Beeker and Peruggi were arrested without incident, Cameron said.

Police said they think that at each bank, Peruggi passed a note to a teller announcing the robbery and Beeker was the lookout.

Beeker and Peruggi pleaded not guilty Friday at their arraignments at First District Court in Central Islip, court officials said. Both were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Beeker also was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

They next will appear in court on Wednesday.

Peruggi has a long list of criminal convictions, including third-degree attempted grand larceny for stealing the East Moriches fire chief’s vehicle from the firehouse in 2014 with another man.

Beeker also has a criminal record that includes guilty pleas for four felony burglary charges, one attempted burglary charge and one grand larceny charge for a 2010 offense.


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