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UPDATE: Police Release Surveillance Footage of Elks Lodge Robbery

$1,000 stolen during incident late Tuesday night

Toms River police are searching for the suspect they said robbed the Toms River Elks Lodge while armed with an automatic handgun late Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the lodge at 600 Washington St. where the 70-year-old male bartender and a 66-year-old female Elks member said that a man armed with an automatic handgun stole $1,000 after a brief struggle near midnight, said Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy.

"During the struggle the female hit the suspect with a large bottle of alcohol," the chief said. "Neither of the victims received injuries."

The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a heavy build, curly dark hair and was wearing a dark three-quarters parka, dark skull cap and a blue and white scarf covering his head, Mastronardy said. The suspect's age was not given by police.

Toms River Officer Chris McDowell and K-9 Officer Steve Eubanks are investigating along with Ocean County Sheriff's Department Detectives Randy Petrick and Roger Hull, Mastronardy said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Bureau Capt. Bruce Burgess at 732-349-0150, ext. 1200, the chief said.

wookfish January 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM
watch the video..he KNEW just were the till was kept..walked right to the cabinet, opened it and reached in..no looking around, no fumbling around..he Knew it was there
Al January 10, 2013 at 04:06 PM
He correctly identified the weapon used in Wednesday's robbery as a semi-automatic. He does appear to know the difference so it seems like a typo, but it is worth pointing out as it does make a difference.
Carm Crisafulli January 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
its a member....and a cowardly one at that...that clown knew who was there and where the cash was...!!!
Eyespy January 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM
They Will get him !
Pam Barnes January 16, 2013 at 02:45 AM
The bartender is my Uncle Nick I can't believe he tried to grab the gun

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