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Patrons ask for ‘slushies,’ then damage convenience store, cops say

Nassau County police are looking for a man

Nassau County police are looking for a man and a woman seen in surveillance video in connection with criminal mischief that occurred at a Shell gas station convenience store on Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police are seeking the public’s help in gathering information about an incident of criminal mischief that happened Saturday night in Cedarhurst.

According to detectives, the trouble started when a male and female entered the Shell gas station convenience store at 408 Rockaway Tpke. at 9:45 p.m. and asked the store clerk for “slushies.”

When the victim responded they did not make them, the suspects began to yell and curse, police said. The male suspect then attempted to make a purchase with an EBT card and the clerk advised him they were unable to use that as payment.

Police said the pair became irate, used racial slurs, made anti-Muslim remarks and threatened to kill the victim. The male suspect pushed a New York State Lottery machine off the counter, causing $4,000 in damage. The female suspect also began throwing items around the store and threatening the victim.

The victim was struck with some of the merchandise that was thrown about the store, police added. The suspects were last seen entering a dark-color four-door sedan in the parking lot of a nearby Starbucks at 316 Rockaway Tpke.

No detailed descriptions of the suspects were given.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All callers will remain anonymous.


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