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Police seeking Pit Stop robber

Businesses asked to provide video

October 31, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - City police are looking for the man who robbed the Pit Stop gas station Tuesday night, spraying an employee with an unknown substance before making off with an unidentified amount of cash.

According to a report by Amsterdam Police Detective Lt. Kurt J. Conroy, an unidentified man walked into the gas station at 170 Church St., formerly known as Slezak Bros., around 8 p.m., and he assaulted an employee.

Spraying her with an unknown substance, he pushed her to the ground, demanded money from the register. Unable to open the register, he grabbed a box containing cash and left the store.

The suspect was last seen fleeing from the store on foot. He was described as being approximately five feet, five inches tall, with a medium build, and wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, denim jacket, red bandana and jeans. The suspect was still at large this morning, police said.

Conroy said the victim did not seek medical attention. K-9 units responded to the scene and followed the path the suspect used.

Police were attempting this morning to obtain video footage from nearby businesses' security cameras.

Tuesday's incident was the fourth gas station robbery in Amsterdam this year.

"We are going to do everything we can, but right now there is not much to go on," Conroy said.

Anyone who might have witnessed the suspect leaving the scene or who might have other information is asked to call the city Police Department at 842-1100 and ask to speak to a detective.



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