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West State Street Park ’n’ Shop robbed late Monday, suspect still at large

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:27 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Wed Jul 3, 2013.

OLEAN — The man who allegedly robbed a local grocery store at gunpoint late Monday night is still at large.

At approximately 9:50 p.m., an unidentified male entered Park ’n’ Shop, located at 1316 W. State St., and demanded money from a cashier while brandishing a small firearm.

“He came in and displayed what appeared to be a handgun,” said Capt. Robert Blovsky of the Olean Police Department. “He told the clerk to open the (register) drawer ... and took the cash in it and then left and ran west.”

Capt. Blovsky described the alleged robber as a “younger” white male, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slim build.

“He had his face covered and was wearing all dark clothing,” he added.

Declining to specify exactly how much the robber stole from the small grocery store at the corner of West State and North 13th streets, Capt. Blovsky did confirm the robber made away with more than $100.

At the time of the robbery, only one other employee was in the store, Capt. Blovsky said, noting, “He was in the back and he saw very little.” No one was injured during the ordeal.

Police investigators from the Olean Police Department, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and the local New York State Police barracks spent most of Tuesday reviewing security footage at the store captured during the incident and interviewing witnesses and informants.

“There were some people standing outside, so we’ve been trying to get a hold of them,” Capt. Blovsky said late Tuesday afternoon. “We’re trying to talk to as many people as we can.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the matter to contact police. The city’s police department can be reached by phone at 376-5678.  All calls will be kept confidential.

(Contact reporter Christopher Michel at cmichel@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, OTHChris.)

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