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NYC: “Trio of crooks who raided Long Island pharmacy may be linked to robbery spree in Queens”

An armed raid on a Long Island pharmacy may be the work of a Queens-based crew responsible for two similar robberies in the borough, police sources said Tuesday.

The three men, wearing ski masks, entered a CVS in Port Jefferson about 3:40 a.m., Suffolk County cops said.

Brandishing firearms, the suspects restrained at least one store employee before emptying the shelves of prescription narcotics and speeding away in a getaway car.

No injuries were reported.

Sources said that cops chased the vehicle through Nassau County into Queens, where they disappeared.

Suffolk County cops notified NYPD officers that the thieves were last seen racing into Queens and were part of a crew that had done similar crimes in Richmond Hill and other parts of the borough.

Detectives have linked the raid to a mini-robbery spree in Queens that began on March 7, when two armed thieves held up a Walgreens on Rockaway Blvd. near Lefferts Blvd. in South Ozone Park about 5 a.m.

The gunmen forced the store employees to the rear of the store, entered the pharmacy section and stole an assortment of prescription drugs.

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