Construction workers at an office supply store being renovated after Superstorm Sandy were robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday, Nassau County police said.
Detectives said the incident occurred at a Staples location at 345 Rockaway Turnpike, when a 28-year-old female worker went to the front of the store to retrieve supplies. The woman saw two unknown black male subjects and one of them pulled out a gun, cops said. According to authorities, the man ordered her to go to the back of the store, where another worker was conducting payroll.
Both suspects, displaying handguns, demanded money from the male worker, who was conducting the payroll activity, noted investigators. “A third unknown male black subject was also in the rear of the store,” police said in a news release.
The three suspects then removed an unknown amount of cash and fled the scene on foot, heading eastbound towards Rockaway Turnpike. The two workers were uninjured during the armed robbery.
Police said the first suspect was described as “approximately 25 years old, 5’10” tall, 160lbs., wearing a grey wool hat, grey sweater and blue jeans.” Cops said the second suspect “approximately 30 years old, 5’09” tall, 180lbs., dark skinned, short braids, beard, wearing a red jacket and blue jeans.” Officers did not provide a description of the third suspect.
Fourth Squad detectives are continuing an investigation. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.