BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - An armed robber waited until a convenience store in the heart of Allentown was empty of customers before pulling out a shotgun and robbing the clerk.
Police say it happened at Holly Farms Market on Allen Street, and the robbery was caught on surveillance cameras. The gunman posed as a customer, pretending he was going to buy bags of chips and candy bars, while waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Manager Moe Mhgan said, "He was trying to reach for the shotgun, but people would be coming in, and then he'd hesitate."
In a moment when there were no other customers in the store, the suspect pulled the shotgun out of his pants and demanded money.
The clerk handed over cash just as another customer comes up to the counter and spots the gun. The suspect slowly creeps away, putting the gun back into his pants and walking out of the store.
The family-owned corner store has stood for 20 years. In that time, there have been few problems, and none have ever reached this level.
"It's never happened to us before." Mhgan said. "That's the only time. It's a very unfortunate and a random act. Not something we're used to down here."
Charlie Goldman owns Allen Street Hardware a couple of doors away from the market.
He says, "I've operated this business for eight years never had any problem of that sort. You know we may have some panhandlers every once in a while but not violent at all."
Authorities say the suspect fled in a red pickup truck with tinted windows.
A police spokesman says they are making good progress in the case, but to make sure this crook is brought to justice, a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.
If you have any information, call 867-6161.
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