Two men and a woman from Holbrook have been charged in a series of burglaries at Suffolk County Dunkin’s shops and other local businesses, Suffolk County Police said.
According to a police press release, two of the suspects broke into a Dunkin store on Horseblock Road in Farmingville at 3:40 a.m. on Friday, stole cash and fled in a waiting vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, investigators pulled up to the vehicle and arrested the driver, Michael Gruber, 54, and passengers Kristen Osmolia, 51, and Christopher Volpe, 44, police said.
Detectives from Suffolk’s Major Case Unit later linked Gruber and Volpe to four other Dunkin break-ins since December 27 in Setauket, St James, Smithtown and Holbrook.
Volpe was charged with seven third-degree burglaries — five relating to the Dunkin robberies, plus a Dec. 15 burglary at a Hauppauge gas station and a Dec. 3 burglary at a Port Jefferson coffee shop. Volpe is also charged with nine domestic arrest warrants.
Gruber faces six counts of third-degree burglaries linked to all but the gas station theft, police said.
Osmolia was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary for the Dunkin robberies in Farmingville, Holbrook and Smithtown and the gas station burglary.
The three suspects, who all live in the same house on St Charles Street, were due to be arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.
Robert Brodsky is a breaking news reporter who has worked at Newsday since 2011. He is a graduate of Queens College and American University.