DA SINI: DEER PARK MAN CONVICTED FOR STRING OF KNIFEPOINT ROBBERIES OF GAS STATIONS IN 2018
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the conviction of a Deer Park man on charges relating to three knifepoint robberies of gas stations that occurred in 2018. During one of the robberies, the man jabbed a gas station attendant several times with the knife.
Victor Carlton, 52, was convicted by a jury yesterday of three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, a class B violent felony.
“This case exemplifies the great work our Major Case Bureau does each and every day to target and prosecute individuals driving crime and violence in our communities,” District Attorney Sini said. “I thank the detectives and prosecutors as well as the media and vigilant residents who assisted in bringing this perpetrator to justice.”
On Nov. 4, 2018, Carlton robbed a Sunoco Gas Station, located at 1985 Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park, at knifepoint.
On Dec. 14, 2018, Carlton entered a Conoco Gas Station, located at 3089 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove, displayed a knife and demanded money from the register. When the attendant did not immediately comply with the demand, Carlton jabbed the victim several times with the knife, resulting in minor injuries.
On Dec. 17, 2018, Carlton entered a Stop & Fuel gas station, located at 1171 Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore, and robbed the clerk at knifepoint.
Surveillance video of the robberies was released by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and aired on News 12, resulting in tips that led to Carlton’s arrest. License plate readers also detected Carlton’s vehicle in the vicinity of two of the robberies within minutes of when the crimes occurred.
Following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit, Carlton was arrested on Dec. 23, 2018.
Carlton faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison on each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Court Judge Timothy Mazzei on Oct. 7.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Sheetal Shetty and Ferron Lien, of the Major Crime Bureau.