YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Ladies stand accused in a number of excessive-profile robberies in Suffolk County.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, a number of the suspects are moms and a few are thought-about armed and harmful.
Earlier than daybreak on Monday, two masked bandits demanded money at a fuel station in, gesturing to what seemed to be a gun.
Suffolk County police tracked down the suspects and found the ‘holdup males’ have been truly two younger ladies.
“It’s not that uncommon to have ladies concerned in a Bonnie and Clyde sort theft sample. Whether or not it’s a spouse or girlfriend, however usually their involvement is extra of a supportive position,” Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron advised Gusoff.
However in current weeks, ladies have made appearances not solely as accomplices however as principal actors in harmful and typically armed holdups.
They’re little question fueled by addictive medicine, Gusoff reported.
“The extent of desperation proven right here with ladies committing robberies simply highlights how prolific this drawback is for us,” Cameron stated.
Lauren Macsia, 31, was charged with main her mom and brother in a string of six knifepoint robberies in lower than every week.
Two younger moms have been charged with robbing separate banks with their youngsters in getaway automobiles.
One lady armed with a knife allegedly held up a retailer in North Lindenhurst final month.
Specialists say drug habit is now an equal alternative scourge.
“We’ve got seen over time a dramatic shift amongst ladies and notably youthful ladies utilizing heroin,” stated Dr. Jeffery Reynolds, president of the Household and Youngsters’s Affiliation.
He says the crimes ramp up as the necessity for heroin multiples over time.
“We’ve seen some residence burglaries, however I’ll inform you as any person will get increasingly determined, that bar when it comes to what they’re prepared to do so as to join with heroin and finance their behavior tends to extend,” Reynolds stated.
Complicating the matter, ladies with youngsters have few remedy choices with out leaving their youngsters.
“I feel it’s so unhappy with this epidemic. I do know so many younger those that have turn out to be addicted simply from taking a ache killer from a toothache,” one lady stated.
Police say if it’s a development, they’re getting forward of it. Within the eleven incidents within the final month and a half, solely one of many feminine suspect stays at giant.