Merrick Avenue 7-Eleven Robbed at Gunpoint

They stole cash from the register, as well as a store clerk's cell phone and wallet, police said.

The location of the incident. Photo Credit: Google Maps.
The location of the incident. Photo Credit: Google Maps.
Cops are seeking the community's help in identifying the three men responsible for robbing 7-Eleven at gunpoint in East Meadow Tuesday.

According to police, at 1:40 a.m., two black males dressed in dark clothing entered 7-Eleven at 331 Merrick Ave., while a third black male remained outside. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and jumped over the counter, while the second man removed cash from the register.

They also stole an employee's wallet, cash and cell phone. The three men fled eastbound on Front Street with an unknown amount of money. No injuries were reported.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

This is a breaking news story and Patch will provide more information as it's made available. 
Rich January 07, 2014 at 03:31 PM
What the hell does staying open all night or things being overpriced have to do with anything. That's the smart thing to do make them close so they don't robbed. I guess they can't get robbed in the middle day? I have a better idea, if these animals are caught they get locked up for a long time.
Frank M January 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Unfortunately, the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is...a good guy with a gun.
Rich January 07, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Absolutely Frank.
robert January 07, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Maybe when the store employee saw the gun he panicked and profiled those poor kids and in reality they were only in there to buy some Skittles. I wish that they headed west instead of east. I'd hate to think that these filthbags might live in East Meadow.
lillian January 07, 2014 at 09:44 PM
it would be a bit silly to think E.M. doesn't have a few... how did you put it? "filthbags" living here, after all E.M. is the home of a serial killer
Susan January 07, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Joanne, it's not the border of Uniondale. It's on Merrick Avenue and Front St. in East Meadow. It's east of Uniondale and fairly close but it's definitely not the border. Go figure!
robert January 08, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Right Lillian, and let's not forget our pride of East Meadow resident...Herber Guzman.
grace lopez January 08, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Patch, were they caught camera?
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Not as far as we know. MG
Frank T January 08, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Lillian I hope you meant EM "was" the home of a serial killer, if not where does the current one live?
Frank T January 08, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Lillian, when I moved to EM in 1987 it was worse then it is now. We had crack dealers 3 houses away from us. There was a crappy Sears outlet where Uncle G's is now. Most of the stores in that shopping mall where out of business or on there way out. The disgusting Modells shopping center was on it's way out to. The Home Depot parking lot was filled with bums and broken down autos. From my point of view things are much better in EM but we could always improve and voting out the political hacks is one way to go. Unfortunately most people only vote Republican and then complain about taxes, etc.
lillian January 08, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Sorry Frank I don't agree i think it is much worse now... Heroine use is out of control, massage parlors are popping up faster then they can shut them down. DWI's , people illegally renting, you read about theft everyday. How many on here have complain about the hoards of homeless?, the rundown or vacant shops, for gosh sake hempstead turnpike looks like a garbage dump and so does E.M. ave. East Meadow is floundering, the home of houses selling for 400k plus but is still everyday becoming more Queenslike.
Frank T January 08, 2014 at 08:28 PM
I agree that it's becoming more like Queens but you must have been high during the 80's it was much worse then.
Rich January 08, 2014 at 08:56 PM
If you don't like living here leave. If you don't think crime can happen anywhere at anytime you are living in bubble. More than likely the robbers were skells from Uniondale who obviously didn't hear about Cuomo's unsafe law. Just remember, nothing good happens after midnight.
grace lopez January 09, 2014 at 12:19 PM
I really don't understand how all of you having a verbal brawl here or throwing blame around really helps the situation that you all agree on. That is that we have some issues to deal with here in East Meadow and Long Island. Does anyone have any suggestions about how we may work together to do that?
lillian January 09, 2014 at 02:25 PM
rich never said they where from here, again your assuming things, putting words in others mouth. I wasn't complaining about E.M just commenting about how it has changed. My being sarcastic comes from the FACT that no matter what i say you manage to make a huge deal out of it because you feel your opinion is some how more valid then any other opinion. You never have anything useful to add . My hope and wish is that after I leave everyone does do better I hope property values skyrocket . I wish only the best for the people of E.M .
lillian January 09, 2014 at 04:50 PM
usually the truth hurts.....hmmmm must have struck a nerve lol. I never said you didn't have the right to express yourself, but then unlike you unless I am provoked i never attack.....i love E.M my family history here dates back to 1903. What you think is a complaint isn.t, just deep sadness on how a once beautiful place with wonderful people has taken such a terrible turn
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 03:11 PM
Enough people, any more of this and accounts will be suspended.
Bob January 10, 2014 at 04:08 PM
I just moved to EM a month ago and I believe it is a good neighborhood. These types of crimes can happen anywhere. Hopefully they catch who did it.
Rich January 10, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Bob it is a good neighborhood with great schools.
Brent M. January 11, 2014 at 09:30 AM
It's happening everywhere.. Crime is up everywhere.. you think Garden City and Great Neck Estates doesn't have crime?? It's just different types of crime that occur here.. East Meadow is the center of Nassau County practically.. we are always going to have crimes of opportunity when people pass through. We just have to be more aware and keep pressing our issues with the police department.
Michele Mazzilli January 11, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Very comforting to know you move your family out to the suburbs to be away from crime and its out here too!! The Nassau County police department better get control of this fast!!! What do we pay high taxes for???
grace lopez January 11, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Michele, the biggest part of my property tax bill goes for school taxes. None the less, I think it's best for everyone to work with the police the same way the PTA works with teachers. That's probably the best way to get a handle on it.
Joey Shingles January 13, 2014 at 01:20 PM
3 black males involved in an armed robbery. Real shocker there.
Brent M. January 13, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Grace.. that's a great idea.. however, the teachers, PTA and parents are NOT working together in most schools with this new common core nonsense... but it should be a well working relationship.. but its NOT
grace lopez January 14, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Thank you Brent. I'm sorry to hear that they are not coming together on that issue. I'm sure they are working on other projects in the mean time until those disputes can be resolved. But, that doesn't have to stop a citizen's activist committee or group from forming an alliance with the police department to target crime in our communities. Perhaps, someone out there already knows of one that exists that can be used as a model.
Michele Mazzilli January 14, 2014 at 03:48 PM
You can add the attempted bank robbery in Merrick yesterday
grace lopez January 14, 2014 at 03:58 PM
I have to say that I served as a juror last May/June in Nassau District Court with Judge Ayres presiding. The defendant tried was one of the perpetrators involved in the home invasion on Bellmore Ave in Bellmore in 2011. I have to say that I was quite impressed with the way the Police Department and the District Attorneys office collaborated to bring forward an excellent case. The testimony of eyewitnesses and evidence exhibited showed how hard Nassau County Police worked to capture the perpetrators. Assistant DA Ms. Lewis was like dynamo in the court room. It was the work of all 3 elements, the community being willing to testify and notify the police of what they were seeing, the police, some of whom put their lives in jeopardy in the chase to bring in these assailants, and the district attorneys office in coordinating all the testimony and evidence. It was also a pleasure to serve under Judge Ayers. We have a lot working for us in Nassau County and I have to say that I feel much safer in East Meadow than I do in some of the surrounding areas and especially the city. If we can all do whatever we can I'm sure we can make it an even safer community.
grace lopez January 14, 2014 at 04:25 PM
That is exactly my point Michele, the community took the initiative of notifying the police of a suspect that fit the description of the assailant. That is how he was apprehended. It is the police who puts out inform on suspects. He was apprehended because of the community initiative.
It's typical January 17, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Good thing nobody racially profiled them,, They might have gotten a free money lawsuit from the county instead of the few hundred bucks from the register. They should make people look into a camera face clearly seen before being buzzed into the store with a double door system.


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