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Daring daytime heist at Mahopac video store

MAHOPAC – A daytime robbery of the Video Game Plus store at the intersection of Route 6 and Clark Place in downtown Mahopac is being investigated by Carmel Police.

Saturday’s heist took place around 1:15 p.m. when, according to Police Chief Michael Cazzari, a man walked into the store, brandished a gun and demanded money. The suspect is then accused of striking the owner of the store in the head with his weapon before grabbing the cash register and fleeing.

A 9-1-1 call sent a small army of police to the business while hotline messages were broadcast on police radios throughout the region.

Despite the dragnet set up by law enforcement, the perpetrator, according to witnesses, ran down Clark Place and drove away in a gray pickup truck that police believe was parked in a nearby urgent care center parking lot.

The chief said a canine was summoned which tracked the suspect to the parking lot before losing the man’s scent.

Meanwhile, Mahopac Fire Department Rescue Squad personnel transported the injured merchant to Putnam Hospital Center where he was treated in the emergency room and was later released.

The suspect has been described as a six foot, two inch white male of thin build in his late 30’s or early 40’s with ‘grizzled’ facial hair. When last seen, he was wearing a black and white flannel shirt with blue jeans and a dark colored baseball cap. The suspect was also reported to have been wearing sunglasses and gloves.

The chief has asked anyone who might have been in the Route 6-Clark Place area of Mahopac Saturday afternoon and witnessed a man running along Clark Place or observed a new model gray pickup truck to call Carmel PD at 845-628-1300. All calls will be kept confidential.



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