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UPDATE: Robbery Puts Lynbrook, ER Schools on Lock Down

Cops searching for suspect who robbed East Rockaway convenience store.

This story was updated at 8:35 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Nassau County Police are still searching for the man who robbed an East Rockaway convenience store using a handgun late Tuesday morning.

According to detectives, a 56-year-old man working at Card Corner, located at 93 Main St., was approached at 11:18 a.m. by a white male who displayed a black handgun and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect then fled on foot southbound on Rhame Avenue with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

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The victim was in the store alone at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. The suspect is further described as 6-feet tall with a slim build, wearing a blue sweater with a hood over his head, a white scarf over his face, dark pants and a blue and white baseball cap. 

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

The incident put two East Rockaway public schools -- Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue -- on lock down and Lynbrook public schools under a "lock out." The "lock out" was lifted for Lynbrook schools shortly after 1 p.m., according to the district's website, which stated, "We have been informed that it is safe to resume normal activity."

Check back for more updates on this story.

joe stazz January 15, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Get that bum or bums
S.M. January 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM
A DETAILED description of the suspect would help. Appx age, race, etc..
Tara Conry (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Police have not released a further description at this time. If this information is provided, we will post it.
Mary Beth January 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Any update since 2:15? Have they caught anyone ?
Tara Conry (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Just spoke with Nassau County PD. No updated information to release yet. Sorry. I will keep checking though.
Mark January 16, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Thats just dumb. He robbed a candy store, didnt shoot the clerk. Putting schools on lockdown is stupid. The prep not intrested in mass killing. Just a quick buck.
Mark January 16, 2013 at 01:32 AM
There is nothing that can stop a serial murderer or luna with a gun. No gun laws or preperation will prevent that. Some preparation and security can save lifes, but if a luna wants to kill kids or adults,he does not have to run into a school to do it. People need to knock it off with the gun law control, because that only keeps good people from having them, It does not stop illegal guns from getting in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
Gloria Skliros-Solero January 16, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I'm sorry I don't think that was stupid at all. When there's a gun involved and school is on session put them on lockdown or lockout. I'm not for gun control at all, I'm for safety of the kids.
Annmarie Rudolph January 16, 2013 at 02:22 AM
What does gun control have to do with locking down the school? There was an armed and presumably dangerous man on the loose in the neighborhood. If desperate enough, who knows where he would've gone. Why not take precautionary measures?
Mark January 16, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Sure why not just keep letting petty criminals disrupt normal life. After the shooting in that grade school ,now everything is a big deal. Slight comment or text about doing a shooting and everything is disrupted, or a high school kid joking gets arrested and charged with a terroristic threat?? Ridiclous. Kids will be kids and say stupid things. Soon they will lock down a school if someone walks in with a subway sandwich in hand and someone claiming it looks like a weapon.
Chris January 16, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Hey this idiot ran past a grade school!! He could have grabbed any kid in the playground for leverage. What if that was your kid with a gun to his/her head. Lockdown kept the kids inside where it was safest. I live in town and my wife and kids walk from path mart everyday. Schools did the right thing. And sorry kids are just kids doesn't work in this day and age they are exposed to sex, drugs, violence and guns/gangs at a younger age they need to be smarter. And expecting kids to be smart and not be jack$&$& is the right thing.

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