3 More Armed Home Invasions on Long Island Probed

Police are investigating three armed home invasions on Long Island within the past two weeks, one of which occurred on Christmas Eve—plus an attempt in which two suspects posed as deliverymen.

In the first case, three assailants entered a home on Gibbs Road in Copiague, brandished guns and demanded money before they fled with cash at 2:46 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, Suffolk County police said.

Two days later, at noon on Wednesday Dec. 17, three men—one of whom appeared to be armed with a handgun—entered a home through an unlocked door on the Sunrise Highway service road in Center Moriches and stole money, a cell phone and keys, authorities said.

Then, at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 24, a man who knocked on the door of a Sipp Avenue home in Medford pushed his way inside, flashed a gun and stole electronics from a victim inside, according to investigators.

One day prior to that case, across the county line, Nassau County police said two men wearing brown UPS-style jackets and carrying cardboard boxes rang the doorbell of a home on Henrietta Place in Hewlett at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23.

The homeowner, who became suspicious, told the duo to leave the packages on the stoop, but the pair told him that they could not leave the packages without a signature, police said. While unlocking the door, the men unsuccessfully tried to push the door open before they fled empty handed, police said.

They were last scene entering a dark-colored, four-door vehicle that was parked in front of Franklin Elementary School, which was last seen heading east on Henrietta Place, police said.

The victim described both suspects as 5-foot, 10-inch tall black men with thin builds wearing dark-colored jogging pants and gray hooded sweatshirts underneath their brown jackets. One subject had a snake decal on the left side. Both were armed with handguns.

That case is similar to a home invasion earlier this month in Elmont in which three suspects, two of whom wore brown UPS-style jackets, tied up two children and used a stun gun on a 21-year-old victim, police have said.

Suffolk police said there were no injuries, arrests of descriptions of the suspects in any of the Copiague, Medford or Center Moriches cases. Detectives are continuing the investigations in all four cases.