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.