Suffolk County police are investigating a pair of home invasions in which victims were attacked about 25 hours and 10 miles apart in Central Islip and North Patchogue last week, authorities said.

In the first case, two men—one of whom may have been armed—entered a house on Brightside Avenue in Central Islip, punched a victim, stole his wallet and fled the scene at 11:12 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Then at 12:48 a.m. Friday, two men—one of whom brandished a knife—entered a house on Jennings Avenue in North Patchogue, punched a victim and fled, possibly empty handed, police said.

A description of the suspects was not available and no arrests have been made, police said. It was not immediately clear if the home invasions are linked.

Thirds Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the Central Islip case and Fifth Squad detectives are handling the North Patchogue probe.


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