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Cops: Gun Wielding Robber Took 'Several Thousands' From IGA Employee

An employee was approached in the parking lot after closing up on Saturday night.

Detectives are probing an armed robbery that they said took place in the parking lot behind the East Hampton IGA on Saturday.

An employee was walking to his car in the lot on Collins Avenue after closing the grocery store when he was approached by a man brandishing a handgun, Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said on Monday.

A black male with a Jamaican accent, short in stature, and believed to be in his 20s, approached him near his vehicle and demanded the money from the employee was carrying. After a brief struggle, "the suspect fled with a money bag" to a car that was parked on Accabonac Road, Anderson said, adding that the proceeds were estimated as "several thousand dollars." Police were contacted at 10:18 p.m.

The car — described only as a sedan — fled in a southerly direction toward Montauk Highway.

"At this point in time, we are under the belief that there was a second person waiting in the car," Anderson said.

No eye witnesses have come forward. 

"At this time we believe this is an isolated incident," the detective said. "We're exploring all possibilities regarding motives, means, etc." 

On the eve of Easter Sunday, the store, located at 92 North Main St., closed at 10 p.m., after a busy holiday shopping weekend.

The manager at the East Hampton IGA was not immediately available on Monday. 

If you have any information about the incident, you may contact police at 631-537-7575.

Sara Allesandra April 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Because it can happen anywhere . A bldg across the street makes no difference
Renee April 01, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Its probably one of the employees cause they did this before hello they knew he had the money and they were waiting for him common sense.
Jan Lehre April 01, 2013 at 06:49 PM
You locals are so smart
tito April 01, 2013 at 07:14 PM
didnt this also happen at the same iga a couple of years ago?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Does anybody remember exactly when?
Justin Sharma April 01, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Where do you live? I don't think having the police across the street matters. Especially if it was near the back of IGA in that area.
chris kringle April 01, 2013 at 11:28 PM
"proceeds" is an interesting word choice, taylor
Carol Baumann Card April 02, 2013 at 01:31 AM
How rude and inappropriate to blame the employees!
Carol Baumann Card April 02, 2013 at 01:35 AM
People should stop jumping to conclusions. We the employees of the IGA work hard at our jobs and working with the others I value their honesty and work ethic! Be careful pointing fingers. A fellow employee was hurt and his family traumatized ... have a heart!
Carol Baumann Card April 02, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Even the security cameras at the police staion can't see thru buildings
MM April 02, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Why was an employee carrying that much cash? Risky. Easy to target. . A Brinks service is a safer option.
CUL8R April 02, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I'm wondering why an employee is walking around with that much cash (assuming it was store's deposit) late at night?! Why wasn't it left in a safe until banks are open?
Daphne jarret April 02, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Carol for president! Xxo
Ross MacKae April 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Carol, my heart goes out for the victims at IGA. I pray they recover as soon as possible. Emotional and psychological injuries can be the worst. The loss of a persons feelings of safety can sometimes never be fully restored.
ViralGrain April 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Some of us feel some what the same. The fact that this went down there at a place that has been here all our lives leaves many of us very bothered. Though I strayed in doing my major shopping there over the years, starting this month I look forward to do my close to $500.00 a month food shop there in support of you at the IGA. Hopefully the feelings of this violation will pass sooner then later. There are plenty of people who grew up here that I rather see have the work, that need the work then people from else where. Don't judge a book by its cover. When there is no way of telling who or what someone was or is back from where ever they are from, and who they may or may not be connected with you are judging a book by its cover. Not every place in the world shares the same values, principles. and beliefs as E.H. does. Don't be nieve.
Renee April 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
First of all I don't care what u say um they were waiting for the man in the back they knew he had the money the same thing happened before don't get me started don't play urself it was and inside job. Ya drop ya money off at Suffolk county bank so don't try and play dumb this was a set up by one of the employees so get over it. I sympathize to the employee that got hurt but it had to have been an inside job for them to know he was going to be back there with that money and like I said this is not the first time this has happened and it was an employee but let me not start.
Pamela Willoughby April 02, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I'm a regular customer there and one of the employees usually stares at me, follows me to see what I'm up to and it's just soooo annoying. So I am pretty unobtrusive. If a Jamaican dude is casing the place, how are they gonna miss that? And he would have to case the joint. And also....if there were cameras back there that would be a deterrent. So how did he know there were no cameras? And how did he know which employee to pick unless it was the manager and he's easy to spot. So if it was the manager, I could see that it wouldn't be an inside job. But otherwise....well hmmmmm. Anyway, hope they catch him. Feel unsafe going there myself now, and so do friends. There's always Waldbaums.....that's always safe and the manager couldn't be nicer.
Dana April 02, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I am a regular customer at North Main St..I am just very glad that no one was hurt. It must have been terribly scary for all. Times have changed and so has our town but its never right to judge and criticize and ridicule others..especially when you can't sign your name.
olletsocks April 02, 2013 at 10:26 PM
The East Hampton grammar teachers are banging their heads against their desks.
ViralGrain April 02, 2013 at 11:17 PM
LOL!
Carol Baumann Card April 03, 2013 at 12:08 PM
I'm thinking a refresher english course just might be a worthwhile endevour! And a better use of your free time.
Carol Baumann Card April 03, 2013 at 12:09 PM
I couldn't have said it better!!
join patch April 03, 2013 at 01:23 PM
stay in the city jerk
Joe Biden April 03, 2013 at 01:24 PM
God, I wish being vice president was worth something
Art Lynch April 05, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I'm not sure where you live, but if you live within the boundaries of East Hampton Village, you should contact its police department at the Emergency Services Building, #1 Cedar Street, off N. Main St., about this. The East Hampton IGA, a great store, is not within the Village PD's jurisdiction, as it is across the boundary line (North Main Street). Presumably, a 9-1-1 call was made reporting the incident. That call would have been answered directly by the East Hampton Town PD, which would, correctly, have responded and notified the Village if assistance was needed.
Art Lynch April 05, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Thank you, Carol and Sara. As I worked in that building, I can certainly assure anyone that the dispatchers and anyone else in the communications center would hardly have been in a position to "see" this incident happen, especially after sunset. I have no doubt that the Town Police (HQ in Wainscott) have the matter well in hand.)
Art Lynch April 05, 2013 at 01:07 PM
"one of the employees",...with a gun?....robbed another employee? We're talking about a grocery/market/deli on a corner,... outside...at night. It's hardly K-Mart or King Kullen. Common sense???
ARCH STANTON April 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR IDIOTIC COMMENT HAS TO DO WITH THIS STORY, UNLESS YOUR RELATED TO DICK CHENEY.
luis garcia April 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Hey, mon, no boddy hurt mon. So Da babies needed $$$ for Easter, Dat's it mon.

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