Manorville man sentenced to 5 years for armed robbery spree

Paul Tromblee mug shot (Credit: Suffolk County police)
Paul Tromblee mug shot (Credit: Suffolk County police)

A Manorville man who pleaded guilty to armed robbery in connection with a string of robberies across Suffolk County — including one in Calverton and Mattituck — was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. 

Paul Tromblee, 35, will also be on parole for five years once he is released from prison on the felony robbery charge.

Mr. Tromblee was arrested last November and accused pulling off 10 separate robberies, Suffolk County police said.

A Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue — barely in the jurisdiction of Suffolk County police – was robbed Oct. 30 when a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m. Six days later, the GameStop in Mattituck was also robbed at gunpoint, police said.

The other robberies occurred at gas stations in Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia, as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Prosecutors said Mr. Tromblee showed a firearm and demanding money from clerks from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 to get money to support a heroin addiction. He later told prosecutors that the “weapon” was a BB gun, said assistant district attorney Tisha Burrows after the man’s arraignment.

Mr. Tromblee later pleaded guilty in county criminal court to one count of felony armed robbery as part of a plea deal in May, according to online court records.

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