The Suffolk County Police Department is investigating Tuesday evening’s off-campus robberies of two Stony Brook University commuter students by masked male suspects.
Early Wednesday morning, the Suffolk County police informed the Stony Brook University Police Department of their investigation into the robberies.
According to Patch, the suspects pushed the male students to the ground, stealing their cash and credit cards.
The first robbery occurred on Stony Brook Road and Memory Way around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. The second occurred on Route 25A and Thompson Hay Path around 11 p.m. on the same night, according to Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety and Chief of Police Robert J. Lenahan.
The students, whose names have not been disclosed, reported being approached by two males wearing dark jackets and gloves. According to Lenahan’s e-mail to the campus community, one male wore a “black and white” mask while in the second incident one male wore a “green and red” clown mask.
It is unclear from Chief Lenahan’s e-mail whether each student was approached by two masked males or if each student was approached by one masked male.
Neither the Sixth Precinct nor the University Police Department responded to clarification requests by the time of publication. However, the Public Information Officers from the Suffolk County Police Department said no arrests have been made.
Both incidents were “strong arm robberies” according to Lenahan, meaning the suspects used physical force in place of a weapon.
In response to this event, Chief Lenahan said UPD will utilize both uniformed and plain-clothed officers to enhance their campus patrol coverage.
According to the Stony Brook Alert website, this investigation is the fourth robbery-related investigation since the beginning of September of this year.