Would-be armed robbers were spotted making getaway

No Treat For Halloween Thieves

Local police departments worked together to track two would-be armed robbers on Halloween. Independent/James J. Mackin

They wore the perfect disguises.

Two men wearing Halloween masks entered Escobar’s Auto Repair Shop in Quogue on Halloween shortly after 2 PM with robbery on their mind. They made two big mistakes: They were met with resistance from the victims, and they were spotted entering a getaway car.

That’s when the manhunt began.

According to the Quogue Village Police Department, Jason Huston, 33, and Shaun Worthington, 19, were later identified as the larceny-minded trick or treaters.

Officers responding to a call for help arrived at the shop shortly before 3 PM and located two victims, one injured. They had descriptions of the intruders and an important piece of information: The robbers fled in a black car. The call went out to law enforcement units in the surrounding towns and hamlets including New York State Troopers and Suffolk County Police.

Shortly after, a Southampton Town Police unit spotted the vehicle coming into Hampton Bays on Montauk Highway and the driver was forced to pull over into the defunct Hampton Bays Diner parking lot.

Huston and Worthington were both charged with armed robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, burglary in the second degree, and conspiracy in the fifth degree. Both men were arraigned in Quogue Justice Court on November 1 and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

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