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Similarities between West Babylon robbery and fatal NJ holdup, police say

Surveillance video shows a man robbing a convenience store

Surveillance video shows a man robbing a convenience store in West Babylon on Wednesday at 8:56 p.m. Credit: SCPD

Suffolk County police say they are investigating similarities between a 7-Eleven robbery in West Babylon and a robbery at a Garden State gas station in which a clerk was killed.

A 7-Eleven store on Little East Neck Road in West Babylon was robbed just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. Surveillance footage shows a tall gunman wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark gloves, a mask and acid-washed jeans.

Police said the suspect stood between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 6 inches tall.

On Thursday shortly before 4 a.m., a Speedway gas station in Edison, New Jersey, was robbed and the clerk, John Bertram, 38, was fatally shot, according to a report from New York’s News 4 Now, an NBC affiliate.

Surveillance footage from the store shows a gunman wearing dark gloves, a dark hooded sweatshirt, a mask, and what appears to be acid-washed jeans.

The suspect also appears to be tall.

“The Suffolk County Police Department has been in contact with our law enforcement partners in Edison New Jersey. Our agencies are aware of the similarities in the armed robberies and we will continue to share intelligence,” police said in an emailed statement.

Anyone with information can call Suffolk County detectives at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. Edison police can be reached at 732-248-7531.

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