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Ex-con held without bail after being charged in December store robberies


Riverhead Town Police arrested a 35-year-old man who had been previous convicted of felony drug sales Thursday afternoon, charging him with felony robbery for reportedly taking lottery tickets by force from multiple locations last month.

He was held without bail due to prior felony convictions.

Chaki Ligon, whose address was listed as Central Islip in court documents, was arrested at a home in Mastic today around 12:45 p.m. after a police investigation by the detective division.

Detectives say Mr. Ligon stole from the Mobil gas station on Route 58 and the 7-Eleven on Route 58 in December, officials said.

According to court documents, Mr. Ligon struggled with a clerk at the 7-Eleven just after 3 a.m. on Dec. 15, taking a lottery card worth $25.

The next day, Mr. Ligon took $200 worth of lottery tickets from the Mobil gas station on Route 58 just before 6 a.m., threatening to shoot the clerk if he didn’t give Mr. Ligon the tickets, court papers say.

Chaki Ligon

He was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree robbery, both felonies.

Mr. Ligon was previously arrested for stealing from K-Mart on Route 58 in Riverhead in October 2015, where he was processed and released on $50 bail according to a previous News-Review article.

During Mr. Ligon’s arraignment in Riverhead Town court Thursday afternoon, Justice Lori Hulse entered a not guilty plea on his behalf since his Legal Aid lawyer was not present and ordered him held without bail.

According to online inmate records, Mr. Ligon served one years in prison in 2009 for a felony criminal sale of a controlled substance charge.

He is due back in court on Wednesday.

Photo Caption: Chaki Ligon.