Men in masks robbed two students off campus Tuesday evening, pushing them to the ground, stealing cash and credit cards.
According to Stony Brook University police, who said they were notified by Suffolk County police, the robberies occurred within minutes of each other. The university issued a safety alert on the incidents.
The first robbery, according to police, took place at 10:30 p.m. on Stony Brook Rd. and Memory Way, where a male commuter student was pushed to the ground by two men, one who was wearing a black and white face mask, who took the student's gym bag containing cash and clothing.
The second robbery, according to police, took place at 11 p.m. on Rt. 25A and Thompson Hay Path. According to police, two men, one who was wearing a red and green face mask, tackled the man, also a commuter student, to the ground, stealing his letter bag, cash and credit cards.
Both men said the robbers were wearing dark jackets and gloves. No weapons were reported as being used.
Three local teens were arrested in Sept. for robbing a student of his phone and money and for attempting to rob a group of three students as well in a separate incident. Both of those robberies happened on campus.
Robert J. Lenahan, chief of police for the university and assistant vice president for campus safety said in a statement that in response to recent events they would be further enhancing on campus patrol coverage using both uniformed and plain clothes officers.
The Suffolk County Police Department has asked that anyone who has information should call the 6th Precinct Detective Squad at (631) 854-8643 or the University Police Detectives at (631) 632-9884.