Police: Former Riverside resident tried to rob Shirley pharmacy

Nicholas Lobianco

A homeless man, whose last known address was in Riverside, was arrested for attempting to rob a Shirley pharmacy Tuesday, authorities said.

Suffolk County Police said 25-year-old Nicholas Lobianco, who once lived on Old Quogue Road, entered the Rite Aid pharmacy on Montauk Highway and handed the pharmacist a note demanding prescription medication about 3:45 p.m. Mr. Lobianco fled the scene on foot before the pharmacist could comply, police said.

Officers later found Mr. Lobianco hiding at a nearby motel. He was charged with third-degree robbery.

Mr. Lobianco was held overnight for an appearance in First District Court in Central Islip.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.