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Cops probe suspicious package at Bellmore store

Nassau police said Wednesday night that a powder inside a mailed envelope discovered at a Bellmore store is not a hazard.

Several police cars remained into the evening Wednesday at the Little Shoppe of Stitches, 507 Bedford Ave., in Bellmore, where a clerk opened an envelope and discovered the powder, Nassau police said.

Emergency units responded at about 2 p.m., police said.

Initially at least eight police cars and vehicles, including the bomb squad and the Emergency Services Hazardous Material Unit were deployed, and civilian vehicles and pedestrian traffic were stopped for several hours on Bedford Avenue between Linden and Oak streets.

Marlon Hernandez, who works next door at Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta Cafe, said of the police and the Little Shoppe's workers, "They just locked the door and didn't let anybody come in or come out."

Jaehoon Lee, working at a laundry on the block, said, police came in about 3 p.m., and would only say, " 'Close the door! Lock the door!' "

No one could be reached for comment Wednesday night from the Shoppe, a needlework and accessories supply store.

Next door, at the Bellmore Playhouse movie theater, where "The Dark Night Rises" is being shown, theater staff said they were aware of the police activity but the theater was never closed.

Nassau police said Wednesday evening that the investigation into the incident is continuing.

With Bill Mason

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