A Holbrook man robbed a Ralph's Italian Ices store Friday night, then eluded police for more than an hour before he was apprehended by a Suffolk County canine officer and his dog while hiding under a pool deck, authorities said.

Christopher Ventrice, 31, entered the Ralph's store at 1191 Grundy Ave. in Holbrook about 10 p.m., told an employee he had a gun and demanded cash, police said. Ventrice then fled on foot.

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Officers from the Fifth Precinct, along with members of the canine and aviation bureaus, searched for the suspect.

Daniel Hogan, an officer with the Fifth Precinct, spotted a man who fit Ventrice's description on Maria Court in Holbrook, police said. When Hogan approached the man, the suspect got off his bicycle and fled into a nearby backyard, police said.

Canine Officer Stephen McSweeney and his dog, McClane, found Ventrice hiding under a pool deck at a home on Maria Court about 11:10 p.m., and he was arrested, police said.

Ventrice had made off with more than $250, which was recovered when he was arrested, police said. He did not have a gun on him at the time of the arrest, according to police.

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He was arraigned Saturday on a charge of first-degree robbery at First District Court in Central Islip.