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Police: Teens net $1 in Sea Cliff robbery

Peter Vandoros, 18, of Glen Head, and Paul

Peter Vandoros, 18, of Glen Head, and Paul Gabriel, 18, have been arrested and charged with robbery after using a screwdriver to hold up a man and his sister at a gas station in Sea Cliff, Nassau County police said. (Sept. 5, 2012)

Two teens armed with one screwdriver between them are in trouble with the law after police said their holdup plans in Sea Cliff fizzled -- netting just a buck.

Paul Gabriel, of Greenvale, and Peter Vandoros, of Glen Head, both 18, didn't start out thinking so small, Nassau police said.

The duo first demanded $300 from a man, 21, and his sister, 23, they had threatened with the screwdriver at a Gulf gas station on Glen Cove Avenue Wednesday night.

The man, "fearing for his life," handed Gabriel a dollar bill, court papers said.

The pair drove off in a Hyundai, but patrol officers found them a short time later near Glen Head and Mill roads in Glen Head, police said.

Gabriel and Vandoros both pleaded not guilty Thursday during their arraignment on first and second degree robbery charges at First District Court in Hempstead, officials said.

At the arraignment, District Court Judge Douglas J. Lerose granted Gabriel and Vandoros a conditional release to the probation department due to their ages and lack of a criminal record.

Gabriel, of 1 Carman Rd., declined to comment.

A man who came to the door of Vandoros' home at 18 Michaels Lane also declined to comment.

Glen Cove attorney John Maccarone, who represents both teenagers, would only say his clients will be required to comply with conditions set by probation.

With John Valenti

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