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Cops: Huntington Station robbery latest in string of holdups on LI

Suffolk County police are looking for a man

Suffolk County police are looking for a man they said robbed Beach Bum Tanning in Huntington Station on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. A man with a handgun entered the salon on East Jericho Turnpike about 8:30 p.m., tied up two female employees and took cash from the drawers before fleeing, police said. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

Police are stepping up patrols as they hunt for the man who robbed a Huntington Station tanning salon Friday night — the latest in a string of similar robberies on Long Island.

The robber entered Beach Bum Tanning on East Jericho Turnpike about 8:30 p.m. and forced two female employees at gunpoint to the back of the business, police said. He tied them up and took cash from the drawers before fleeing the scene.

There were no customers inside and no injuries were reported, police said.

Similar robberies have been reported in Nassau County since Aug. 20, including at Petco in Hicksville on Aug. 20, the Dollar Store in Levittown on Aug. 31, Torrid in Westbury on Sept. 15, Dress Barn in New Hyde Park on Sept. 17, Mandee’s in East Meadow on Oct. 5 and Joyce Leslie in Carle Place on Oct. 8.

Suffolk has also had a number of similar robberies this year, including at Avenue Clothing in East Farmingdale on Sept. 7, New York & Co. in West Babylon on Oct. 12, Avenue Clothing in Deer Park on Oct. 26, Rainbow Shops in North Lindenhurst on Nov. 2 and Pier 1 Imports in Huntington Station on Nov. 22.

Suffolk police are stepping up visible and concealed patrols in business areas to combat the robberies, Deputy Commissioner Timothy Sini said Saturday.

Sini said the suspect “predominantly” targets female-oriented shops, carries a black handgun and ties up the workers before fleeing with cash.

“Obviously, it’s something Suffolk and Nassau are making a top priority, particularly with the holiday season,” he said.

Sini noted that the Beach Bum Tanning workers were also robbed of their jewelry. He said the robber also removed the parlor’s DVR, part of its security system, as he has done before.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 cash for information that leads to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS to report information anonymously.

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