Police: Burglars broke into 19 businesses

Arrests In Speedway Burglary


A Rocky Point man and his partner from Riverhead were arrested and charged in connection with a burglary spree across Suffolk County that included five East End businesses, Suffolk County police said.

Richard Ambrose, 41, was charged with burglarizing gas stations across the North Fork— from Wading River to Laurel — as well as the Speedway in Quogue. He has been charged with multiple counts of felony third-degree burglary. Ambrose was also charged with the attempted burglary of a gas station in Jamesport. Police said Travis James, 37, was charged along with Ambrose for burglarizing 14 other businesses in Smithtown, Brookhaven, and Islip.

In the Quogue Speedway break-in, a burglar’s image was captured on surveillance video, and images of his masked figure ended up being released last week in hopes they would jog the public’s memory.

In the video, the man police say is Ambrose is wearing a light-colored mask over his face and a dark-colored, possibly gray, hooded Champion sweatshirt. Police say he broke into the Montauk Highway business and stole two register drawers containing cash at about 2 AM on August 12. No further details were released about the case.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers confidential hotline at 1-800-220-TIPS. Tips can also be texted to “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or emailed to www.tipsubmit.com.