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Bethpage gas station nearly robbed by masked man, police say

An undated Google view of the Exxon on

An undated Google view of the Exxon on Hicksville Road in Bethpage. Credit: Google

Nassau County police say they are investigating the robbery attempt of a Bethpage gas station.

At about 1:12 a.m. Wednesday, a masked man entered the Exxon station at 100 Hicksville Rd., placing on the counter a note demanding cash, police said.

The clerk, a man, 36, was returning from the back of the building when the suspect told him to read the note. The masked man also lifted his shirt, showing what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband, police said.

The clerk opened the register drawer to show the suspect there was no money, according to a news release.

The suspect, described as about 5-foot-10 and wearing a ski mask or scarf, a black hooded sweatshirt and black gloves, then left the building, police said.

Anyone with more information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All information will be kept confidential.

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