Two robberies at the Rockville Centre LIRR station have police stepping up patrols in the area.
The first incident, according to village police, occurred near the station on May 4, when two thieves grabbed a cell phone from a woman’s hands and ran off.
The second robbery took place the following day, when, according to police, a 36-year-old woman was approached from behind by two men while she was walking past 100 N. Centre Ave. after coming off the train. Police said that one of the suspects picked her up and threw her to the ground, while the second suspect took her phone from her hand. The pair then fled north on North Centre Avenue.
The victim sustained cuts and bruises to her face, legs and arms as well as a deep cut over her eye. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The first suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 10, 18 to 22 years old, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a dark hooded shirt with horizontal stripes. The second suspect fit a similar description.
“We believe it could be the same two individuals,” RVCPD Inspector Glenn Quinn said of the two incidents. “But at this point it’s not certain.”
Quinn said that the department had increased its patrols in the area and was on the lookout for the two suspects. In addition, he said, detectives from the RVCPD, the Nassau County Police Department’s 1st Precinct and the MTA police are all investigating.
“There’s nothing specific yet,” Quinn said when asked about any potential leads. “But we’re working on it.”
Detectives ask anyone with information about the crimes to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.