A shoplifter pulled a gun from his belt and pointed it at a Big Lots manager who was trying to stop the thief from leaving the store with a cart full of unpaid merchandise late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Riverhead Town Police.
The suspect allegedly said he didn’t have to pay for the merchandise while brandishing the gun at the manager and another employee, police said. He exited the store and entered the parking lot with two women he may have been working with during the heist.
The incident happened around 5.40pm when police received a call from the manager of the Riverhead Big Lots who said two women were trying to steal assorted goods from a pram. The manager called back immediately after saying a man was also trying to leave the store with a shopping cart full of goods and refused to pay.
The official was on the phone with a police dispatcher and was preventing the man from leaving when he pulled out the gun, according to a news release.
No injuries were reported.
Police said they believe the three suspects got into a vehicle and left the area.
Several police units responded to the store, including a K-9 unit and detectives. The suspects are still at large.
Police released a description of the suspect who had the weapon. He is a black man about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was of average build, late 40s to early 50s, unshaven, and wore a black jacket. He had a gray hoodie under his jacket. He wore black shoes, black pants, and a black and gray knit hat.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500.