Authorities are investigating a pair of home invasions four days and about 35 miles apart on eastern Long Island last week.

In the first case, Suffolk County police said a suspect broke into a house on North Ocean Avenue in Islip at about 7 p.m. on Labor Day. The homeowner reportedly returned home to find her 28-year-old daughter tied up with duct tape two hours after the assailant fled with electronics.

Then at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, a man armed with a handgun broke into a house on Birch Court in Northampton, demanded money and drugs and then fled the scene empty handed, Southampton Town Police said.

Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the first case while Southampton Town Police detectives are probing the second.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.