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Cops: Mastic man charged in Westhampton Beach robbery

Christopher M. Rojas, 27, of Mastic, was arrested

Christopher M. Rojas, 27, of Mastic, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery for allegedly robbing a Westhampton Beach Valero gas station. (Dec. 9, 2013) Credit: New York State Police

A Mastic resident whose car was seized during a traffic stop was charged Monday with the November robbery of a gas station after stolen items were found in his car, state and Westhampton Beach police said Monday.

Officials said Christopher M. Rojas, 27, was the gunman who robbed a Valero gas station in Westhampton Beach about 5:15 a.m. Nov. 30.

The next evening, Westhampton Beach police got a call about a suspicious vehicle on Dune Road, whose driver was Rojas, police said.

"He was banging on doors, asking for water, because he claimed his car was overheating," said investigator Mike Stephens of the state police, which sometimes helps local police look into crimes.

After the Westhampton Village officer spotted the car and questioned Rojas, the driver claimed he was lost, Stephens said.

But the officer noticed the car plate in the front was different from the one in the back, so the vehicle was impounded, Stephens.

Officers soon discovered the car worked fine, and after getting a search warrant for the vehicle, found stolen items from the gas station, the investigator said. The gun was also found in the vehicle, police said.

Rojas was arrested at his home Monday and is scheduled to be arraigned on second-degree robbery charges Tuesday at the Village of Westhampton Beach Justice Court.

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