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Car stolen at gunpoint from Whole Foods in Lake Grove, police say

Suffolk County police released surveillance photos of the

Suffolk County police released surveillance photos of the man involved in the armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Whole Foods in Lake Grove on Monday. Credit: SCPD

Pointing a handgun, a man stole a car from a woman parked outside the Whole Foods grocery store in Lake Grove on Monday night, Suffolk police said.

Police said the carjacking began when the man asked a 23-year-old Lake Grove woman, who was behind the wheel of her 2008 Chrysler Sebring, for directions.

He then told her to exit her car. She did so, and he got in and drove off, police said.

The woman called police around 10:38 p.m. She was not injured, police said. The woman was at the grocery store to pick up an employee, police said.  The man wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, police said. Police released three surveillance photos of the man early Tuesday evening. One shows him wearing a backpack. 

An employee who picked up the phone at the Whole Foods on Tuesday declined to comment. An email sent to Whole Foods for comment Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned. 

Anyone with information should call 631-854-8452 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

With Antonio Planas

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