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Bay Shore teen robbed five Suffolk County businesses in eight days, police say

Anahi Gomez, 18, is led out of the

Anahi Gomez, 18, is led out of the Third Precinct in Bay Shore for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday. Credit: James Carbone

A Bay Shore teen is facing five counts of armed robbery after Suffolk County police said she displayed "what appeared to be a handgun" while robbing five businesses in an eight-day span.

The robberies took place in Huntington Station, Lake Ronkonkoma, Islip and Oakdale, police said. Cash was taken in each case, although police did not say how much.

Anahi Gomez, 18, was arrested Tuesday, after an investigation by Major Case Unit detectives.

Police said that around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, Gomez robbed the Valero gas station at 1628 Montauk Hwy. in Oakdale and then, an hour later, robbed the Delta gas station at 85 Church St. in Lake Ronkonkoma around 9:30 p.m. 

Gomez then robbed a 76 gas station at 1714 New York Ave. in Huntington Station at 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 28, police said, and the Grog Shop, a liquor store at 185 Depot Rd. in Huntington Station, at 7:27 p.m. on Dec. 30.

The final armed robbery took place at the Applegreen gas station at 540 Islip Ave. in Islip at 9:22 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Gomez turned 18 just days before the alleged spree began. She was arraigned Wednesday, represented by Suffolk County Legal Aid, and held on $50,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and police are asking anyone with information regarding the robberies to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or Major Case Unit detectives at 631-852-6553. All calls will remain confidential.


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