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Man shoplifts ice cream, struggles with clerk, cops say

Peter Brown, 49, of East Rockaway, was charged

Peter Brown, 49, of East Rockaway, was charged after attempting to "conceal numerous Haagen-Dazs ice cream containers and leave without paying" at a 7-Eleven and then allegedly punching a store clerk in the eye when confronted about the shoplifting at a Lawrence store, police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau police have charged an accused ice cream thief who they say punched a store clerk in the eye when confronted about the shoplifting at a Lawrence store.

Peter Brown, 49, of 2030 Plainview Ave., East Rockaway, attempted to "conceal numerous Häagen-Dazs ice cream containers and leave without paying" at the 7-Eleven store at 480 Rockaway Tpke., police said.

Brown and the 34-year-old cashier engaged in a "brief struggle," police said, as Brown attempted to leave the store. The cashier, who was not identified, was "struck in the face with a closed fist, causing swelling to the left eye," police said.

A police K-9 patrol officer in the area saw the altercation, and arrested Brown "without further incident," police said. The cashier refused medical treatment.

Brown was charged with second-degree robbery and was scheduled to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead.

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