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Robbery Was First-Ever for Bayport Ice Cream Store

Hunt continues for man who brandished a box-cutter.

The Carvel ice cream store, which has been located over a decade near the corner of Montauk Highway and Snedecor Avenue, had never been robbed before Wednesday night.

"It was the first time ever," store manager Jack Lu told Patch today. It was Lu's cousin working the register about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, notably known as 'buy-on-get-one free' day, when a man about the age of 26 came into the store.

"He was wearing an orange t-shirt and jacket and demanded money," said Lu.

He said his cousin was threatened by the robber holding a box cutter, but was not harmed and plans to resume his usual working hours.

The police activity following the robbery closed the store for four hours as officers canvassed and even took fingerprints from the glass countertops as part of the investigation, said Lu.

The robbery suspect reportedly left the store and headed south on Snedecor. Surveillance cameras in the store are proving little help in providing a clear image, said Lu.

SoMo May 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM
What is the point of surveillance cameras if they suck?
NotWhoYouThinkIAm May 03, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I guess no one knew the cameras sucked until the actually needed to review the footage.
Dee Santos May 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I used to work at that Carvel from 2004-2008 and in that span of time the store was robbed twice actually. This may have been the 1st time the store was robbed under current ownership but it certainly wasn't the 1st time in the history of the store.
Matthew Kogut May 04, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I also worked at that Carvel under two seperate owners from 2005-2007 and growing up in Bayport for the first twenty years of my life, I remember when that store was robbed in 2004. As for the idea that the video cameras 'sucked,' this is not true. Maybe the face of the alleged robber was not captured on camera but that does not mean the surveillance system sucks. I remember when the owner at the time had that system installed and it produced ultra clear pictures.
Matthew Kogut May 04, 2012 at 01:00 AM
The cameras were installed not only to ensure the protection of employees and customers in case of such events like a robbery but to ensure that employees were kept on their toes and not slacking on the job and to also prevent such cases like inside theft.
J May 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I currently work at bayport camera and our video cameras do not "suck". They are installed for reasons previously stated by matthew kogut. However, they are not at angles where you can get a clear, zoomed in look at a robbers face. Also, Jack, the co-owner, meant that it has never been robbed under our current ownership, which has been for over 4 years now as that is how long I have been with them.
J May 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Bayport carvel* sorry for the error.

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