Three Long Island men were arrested by State Police and charged with possession of stolen property after a traffic stop on the Palisades Parkway in Clarkstown on Monday.
The trio, two from West Hempstead and the other from Central Islip, had in their possession more than $2,500 worth of goods stolen from CVS stores in Stony Point, Garnerville and New City, police said -- and police said Wednesday they are investigating a possible connection to similar thefts in the tri-state area.
In a news release, police did not say what type of "merchandise" was stolen.
Arrested were Dwayne M. Mills, 49, and Anthony S. Mills, 47, both of 495 Rose Ave., West Hempstead, as well as Damel D. Pruitt, 28, of 211 Hawthorne Ave., Central Islip. All were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police did not say if Dwayne Mills and Anthony Mills are related.
Police said the trio were arraigned in Town of Clarkstown Court and were remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of bail. Bail for Pruitt was set at $5,000, while bail for Anthony Mills was set at $20,000. Bail for Dwayne Mills was set at $25,000, police said.
The three men were scheduled to appear again in court on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the trio was arrested after a roadside investigation stemming from a traffic stop -- but did not detail the original reason for that stop. Police said investigators have been in contact with the CVS loss prevention division in an effort to determine if the three men have any possible involvement in similar cases.