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Franklin Square smoke shop nearly robbed, Nassau police say

Nassau County police said they are investigating the attempted robbery of a store in Franklin Square.

A masked man entered The Smoke Shop, at 774 Hempstead Tpke., at 7:36 p.m. Thursday and demanded money from the clerk, police said.

The clerk did not comply and the man ran out of the store, heading west on Hempstead Turnpike on foot, police said.

The would-be robber was in his 30s, about 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, thin build and wearing a black hooded sweat jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers and a red, white and blue bandanna across his face, police said.

Detectives asked anyone with information on the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

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