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Nassau police investigate 2 Metro PCS robberies on same day

An undated Google view of the Metro PCS

An undated Google view of the Metro PCS store on 652 Fulton St. in Hempstead. Credit: Google

Police are investigating two armed robberies of Metro PCS cellphone stores in Nassau County on the same day.

Investigators believe the Friday robberies -- one in Valley Stream, the other in Hempstead -- are not related, police said.

At 7:10 p.m. in Valley Stream, an unknown man walked into Metro PCS at 200 W. Merrick Rd., where he placed a plastic shopping bag on the counter, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun, and demanded money from a store employee, police said Saturday in a news release.

The victim, a woman, 29, handed over an undetermined sum of cash, police said. The man fled north on foot along Ballard Avenue. He is described by police as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, in his 20s, blue eyes, reddish beard, and wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

In what police said is an unrelated robbery earlier in the day around noon in Hempstead, another man armed with a black handgun demanded money from a 19-year-old female clerk at a Metro PCS at 652 Fulton St.

The suspect in that robbery was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, black baseball cap and black sneakers. He fled east on Fulton Street with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.

The Major Case Bureau is investigating. Anyone with information on either of these crimes is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-224-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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