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Cops: Man accused in 7-Eleven robberies

Tyree Willis, 32, of Binghamton, was arrested on

Tyree Willis, 32, of Binghamton, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, and charged with robbery, in connection with the robberies of two convenience stores in Nassau, police said. He was also charged with violation of parole. Credit: NCPD

A Binghamton man has been charged in connection with robberies of two 7-Eleven convenience stores in Nassau in the last month, police said.

Police said Tyree Willis, 32, acted as a lookout on Wednesday night when two other men entered the 7-Eleven store at 80 Brooklyn Avenue in Freeport about 11:30 p.m. and demanded cash from employees there. The suspects took cash, as well as electronic cigarettes, cigars and a cellphone from one of the workers before fleeing in an unknown direction, police said.

After Freeport police responded to the scene and began their investigation, they pulled over an All-Island Taxi cab on Nassau Road and Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt and interviewed the passenger, Willis. Police discovered that there was a warrant out for his arrest by the state Division of Parole, and arrested him.

A subsequent investigation by Nassau police, the department said, determined that Willis had acted as the lookout in the 7-Eleven robbery and had been handed the proceeds when the two other suspects fled. Police said that upon arresting Willis, the goods and cash were recovered.

Police said they also connected Willis to another 7-Eleven robbery — this time at 331 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow — that took place Jan. 7 at 1:40 a.m. There were no injuries reported in either incident, they said.

Willis was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and violation of parole. He will be arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

The other two suspects in Wednesday's robbery remain unidentified, police said. The first suspect was described as being 6 feet tall and armed with a handgun, wearing a black and gray jacket, dark pants and a dark mask. The second suspect was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, armed with a knife and wearing a black jacket, dark pants and a mask.

Anyone with information on the two suspects is asked to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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