Man Overpowered During Armed Robbery

CENTEREACH – 1770 Middle Country Road /  Saturday, August 19, 2017 at approximately 8:25 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives have arrested a man after an armed robbery in Centereach on Saturday night.

Ronald J. Kelly entered Island Thrift, located at 1770 Middle Country Road, at approximately 8:25 p.m. Kelly pointed a shotgun at the store manager and the five other employees of the store, and demanded money. The store manager, a woman, feared the situation was becoming dire and grabbed the shotgun. Two of the employees joined the struggle, gained control of the shotgun and wrestled Kelly to the ground, holding him down until Sixth Precinct police officers arrived.

The suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the altercation and was transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. None of the employees were injured.

Kelly, 45, of Holtsville, New York was charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 20.

Case Number: JM/1000