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Suffolk cops nab man suspected in 2010 bank robbery

Carey Peguese, of Central Islip, is charged with third-degree robbery, Suffolk County police say.
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A Central Islip man is facing a felony robbery charges after detectives tracked him down nearly four years after he allegedly robbed a bank in Smithtown.

Suffolk County Police say Carey Peguese was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree robbery in connection with the August 2010 incident. He is slated to face a judge Friday at First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment.

Investigators identified Peguese as a suspect after the robbery, but say he never returned to his Centereach home in an alleged attempt “to avoid capture,” according to a police news release. Police did not say Thursday what prompted an arrest in the case after four years, but said a continuing investigation led them to learn he had moved to Central Islip.

When the bank was robbed on Aug. 26, 2010, police said the assailant had entered the TD Bank at 714 Smithtown Bypass and passed a note to a teller announcing the robbery. A bank employee passed him an unspecified amount of cash that included a dye pack. Police said the man dropped the cash after the dye pack exploded.

The suspect, described as being a black man between 30 and 40 years old, was wearing a fisherman-style hat and glasses, authorities said. He had been last seen fleeing toward a nearby restaurant.