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Three men charged in robberies at 3 Long Island gas stations

December 26, 2020 GMT

WYANDANCH, N.Y. (AP) — Three men were awaiting court appearances Saturday after they were arrested after two gas station attendants were robbed on Long Island, Suffolk County police said.

Police said in a release late Friday that the arrests occurred soon after the robberies Christmas morning.

Two men carried out the robberies while a third waited in a getaway car, according to the release.

The robberies occurred between 10:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at gas stations in North Babylon and North Lindenhurst when a knife was used to coerce attendants at both stations to turn over cash and cigarettes, police said.

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The trio was arrested around noon by a police unit on patrol in Wyandanch that stopped the men after noticing that their red minivan matched the description in a police notification broadcast to all police units.

All three men were charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and awaited arraignments in First District Court in Central Islip.

They were identified as Devonte Burgess and Shaquawn Humphrey, both 27, of Wyandanch, and 53-year-old Fleeton Allen of Huntington Station. It was not immediately clear who would represent the men in court.