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Cops: shoplifter shoots handgun at store manager

Riverhead Police are looking for a man who they say fired a handgun at a store manager yesterday when they tried to stop him from leaving the store with merchandise he had not paid for.

The manager of the Big Lots store at 1103 Old Country Road called 911 at around 5:40 p.m. to report that a man trying to leave the store with a shopping cart full of assorted merchandise pulled a gun from his belt and pointed at it on her and another employee when the manager stopped her on the way out. As he pointed the gun at the employees, he told them he didn’t have to pay for the merchandise, police said in a press release last night.

The manager had also just arrested two women who were leaving the store with an assortment of unpaid goods in a stroller, police said. After the man pointed a gun at store workers, he and the two women left the store with the merchandise and entered the parking lot, according to the report. Police said they believed the man and two women got into a vehicle together and left the scene before police arrived. Police said they believed the three suspects were “working together,” but had not confirmed this.

Riverhead patrol officers, detectives and a K9 unit responded to investigate and scoured the area to no avail.

The male suspect has been described by police as black, approximately 5’11 “, of average build, in his late forties to early fifties. He was unshaven, police said, and was wearing a black jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, black shoes, black pants and a black and gray knit beanie. Police did not provide a description of the two women.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500.

Editor’s Note: A criminal charge is a charge. A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent unless his guilt is proven by a court.

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