Off-Duty Cop Aids in Busting Robbery Duo

Pair caught after off-duty Nassau cop follows them from scene of attempted robbery, police say.

Joseph Salvia (left) and Thomas Leahey were arrested on Sunday night. (SCPD photos)
Joseph Salvia (left) and Thomas Leahey were arrested on Sunday night. (SCPD photos)

An off-duty Nassau cop helped nab two Suffolk men responsible for a string of robberies, cops said.

Police said an off-duty Nassau County cop helped catch Thomas Leahey, of Ronkonkoma, and Joseph Salvia, of Commack, after employees at Stony Brook's Cool Monkey Desserts told the cop that the business had just been robbed by two men Sunday night. 

The Nassau cop followed the suspects from the scene and aided responding Suffolk County police officers in the apprehension of the men, police said. 

Following an investigation, Leahey and Salvia were charged with three counts of first degree robbery for robberies at Tropical Smoothie Café at 532 Larkfield Road in East Northport on Feb. 1, at a Subway at 530 Route 111 in Hauppauge on Jan. 29 and at Beach Bum Tanning at 6168 Jericho Turnpike in Commack on Jan. 28. 

They were also charged with three counts of attempted robbery for incidents at Cool Monkey Desserts at 2184 Nesconset Highway in Stony Brook on Feb. 2, a Quiznos at 4611 Sunrise Highway in Bohemia on Feb. 2 and a Dunkin' Donuts at 560 Nesconset Highway in Smithtown on Feb. 1.

Leahey and Salvia were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Emergency Response Consulting Group, Inc. February 09, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Nice job by our police. Even when off-duty they are protecting us!
Sal Anthony February 11, 2014 at 08:02 PM
They should rot in hell!!!
Massa February 19, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Good job by the off duty officer. These punks are most likely junkies. Seem like the typical thing these days. They just don't have any common sense and always get caught.


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