Suffolk police are investigating whether two suspects arrested Wednesday night as the pair tried to rob a Blue Point Dunkin' Donuts are linked to a string of armed robberies at gas stations and doughnut shops in recent weeks, a law enforcement source said.
Police made Wednesday night's arrests as the suspects attempted to hold up the Dunkin' Donuts in a strip mall on Montauk Highway, the source said.
Police did not release any information about the suspects or why detectives are investigating a possible connection to at least 11 Suffolk County robberies that began just before Christmas.
Last week, police said they were searching for two male suspects in the robberies that began Dec. 22 in Deer Park. Since then, the suspects, armed with a handgun, have held up gas stations and doughnut shops in West Hills, St. James, Smithtown, Commack, Huntington Station, Holbrook, Bohemia, Farmingville and Deer Park again.
A lone bandit committed the most recent robberies, police said. Witnesses described a male of medium to tall height, wearing all black and dressed in a jacket, hoodie and ski mask, police said.
In earlier holdups, a shorter man wearing a sweatsuit took part, police said. In each case, they made off with an unknown amount of cash, police said.
It was unclear how officers came upon Wednesday's robbery attempt, which occurred at about 9 p.m. a few doors down from a King Kullen supermarket. A Suffolk police officer involved in the arrest was treated at a hospital for unknown minor injuries, the law enforcement source said.
A night manager at the King Kullen said Wednesday night that detectives reviewed the store's outdoor surveillance video after the attempted robbery.
Crime Stoppers had offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the recent armed robberies.