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Police ask for public’s help finding convenience store robbers

Riverhead Police have released three surveillance images of two men who robbed a convenience store clerk with a shotgun last month at an East Main Street store.

The suspects, one armed with a black pump shotgun, swiped $900 from the cash register, two cartons of cigarettes worth $160 and $100 worth of cigars during the Nov. 13 robbery, authorities said.

They fled the area on foot, stumbling along the way and dropping some cash outside, the clerk told the News-Review on Nov. 14. He also complained it to took police more than six minutes to respond to the scene.

The suspects then ran east along the nearby train tracks and a police K-9 unit later recovered the gun under a shed behind a building in the River Pointe Apartments complex at 821 East Main Street, just east of the convenience store and shopping center that was targeted.

The first suspect is described as black, and about 6 foot with a medium build. He was wearing a white jacket with a blue hood, blue jeans and a backpack. The second man is described as black and 6 foot with large build and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white and black sneakers. It was the second man who held the shotgun.

Both suspects wore bandanas covering their faces, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.