NYPD arrests 2 in city heists similar to Nassau spree

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New York City police Wednesday arrested two suspects in gas station robberies that mirror a string of similar heists in Nassau County, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the city robberies were carried out with methods similar to those in a weeks-long gas station robbery spree on Long Island, but NYPD detectives have not yet established a link to the suspects in custody. That kind of investigation would have to be carried out by the Nassau police, she said.

Nassau police, who are investigating eight or more similar early morning gas station robberies, declined to comment Wednesday on the city investigation. Newsday has reported such robberies recently in Mineola, Roslyn Heights, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Garden City Park and West Hempstead.

The two NYPD suspects were pursued Wednesday to Kissena Park in Flushing, Queens, and TV stations showed a search that included helicopter and dog units and which resulted in the two arrests.

The suspects targeted gas stations in Queens and timed their robberies between 3 and 5 a.m. in recent weeks, the city police said.

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NYPD said the city robberies took place on March 15 at a Monarch station in the 103rd Precinct, which serves Jamaica; on March 19 at an Exxon station in the 105th Precinct, which serves Queens Village, Floral Park, Rosedale, and on March 20 at a Mobil station in the 109th, which serves Flushing, Whitestone, College Point.

No charges had been filed by Wednesday afternoon against the two suspects, city police said.

The Long Island gas station robberies took place in the hours after 3 a.m., and station attendants gave similar descriptions of the suspects, who usually hit two or three stations in quick succession, according to previous information provided by Nassau police.

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