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Police arrest three teens in robbery case

Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:03 p.m.: University Police have arrested three 16-year-old individuals in relation to the recent robberies on campus.

Two individuals from East Setauket were arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and the third, from Setauket, was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 12., according to Assistant Chief of Police and Director of Campus Emergency Management Lawrence Zacarese.

“Through the use of technology, the use of surveillance techniques, cooperation of the Suffolk County Police Department and just good old fashioned police work, we were able to identify some of the property that was taken during the first robbery,” Zacarese said. “And thereafter with ongoing investigations we were able to identify the three individuals that were involved.”

Zacarese also said that the police received several tips in relation to the robberies, but cannot disclose the information as it is still an open case.

The three individuals have no affiliation with Stony Brook and the issue will now be pursued in the Suffolk County Criminal Courts, Chief of Police Robert J. Lenahan said in an email to the campus community.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 4:48 p.m.: Investigations of the recent robberies are ongoing, according to University Police Chief Robert Lenahan, and “no matter how small or minute” a lead may be, the police are exploring them all.

“This is a safe campus,” Lenahan said in a phone interview. “These incidents are rare indeed so we’re being proactive.”

Lenahan does advise students to walk with others around campus, stay in public areas and report any suspicious behavior to the police.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10:32 a.m.: Two more students reported attempted robbery early this morning, according to a new statement issued to the campus by University Police.

According to the report, two male students were walking another male student back to his residence hall when they were approached by two males on the bicycle path between the Athletic fields.  The victims were threatened with an “Airsoft” pistol, the statement said, but had nothing to give the suspects.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction, according to the police statement.  Descriptions of the suspects are available in the police statement.

Published on Sept. 2: A student reported being robbed at knifepoint on Sunday, Sept. 1, according to a statement issued to the campus by University Police Chief Robert Lenahan.

The victim was walking on the bicycle path by the recreation fields, the statement said, and was approached by two to three suspects.  One of the suspects, described as a male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, took out a knife and demanded the victim’s cell phone and wallet, according to the statement.

No one was injured, Lenahan’s statement said, and any information regarded the robbery should be reported to police.

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