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Armed Robbery On Sag Harbor's Main Street; Suspects At Large

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Brandon B. Quinn   Nov 20, 2013 9:44 AM
Nov 20, 2013 12:11 PM

A man brandishing a handgun robbed a Main Street store in Sag Harbor Village on Tuesday night at approximately 5:50 p.m., and the suspect and a female accomplice were both still at large on Wednesday.

Sag Harbor Village Police responded to a 6:25 p.m. call from a passerby who reported an armed robbery at Corner Closet, a high-end consignment store on Main Street. Southampton Town and New York State Police were assisting in the investigation, but no arrests were made.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeffrey Proctor, two Hispanic suspects in their late 20s entered the store, and the male suspect immediately flashed the handgun and forced the store owner, Seena Stromberg, who was alone, to the rear of the store.

Over the course of the next half hour, she was placed in a storage area, and the man put her hands and legs in restraints, according to Village Police. The suspects returned to the front of the store, where they stole several items and then fled out the front door.

The store owner was able to get free from the restraints and exited the store, at which time she asked the passerby to call 911.

On Wednesday morning, Ms. Stromberg said the two appeared high on drugs, and that the man put the gun up to her head at times.

“Who pulls a gun in Sag Harbor?” Ms. Stromberg said on her way to the police station to provide more information, still obviously shaken by the experience. “You want to steal a bag, you steal a bag. I’ve never heard of a gun in Sag Harbor. I was afraid for my life.”

Detective Proctor said no video surveillance from the store captured the assailants, but that police will be covering all their bases by examining footage from other Main Street cameras and canvassing the area for any witnesses.

At one point during the search on Tuesday evening, according to Southampton Town Police, a suspicious vehicle was pulled over on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, but the vehicle was deemed unrelated to the armed robbery. Several agencies assisted in a search for the suspects on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Sketches of the suspects will be available Wednesday night, and will be posted on 27east.com.

Corner Closet was closed Wednesday morning but was still in disarray, with an “Open” sign hanging in the window of the locked door and Tuesday’s coffee cups on the counter above displaced shelves and handbags.

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The uptick in crime in our area in the few months is troubling, to say the least.
By johnj (172), Westhampton on Nov 20, 13 10:18 AM
Yeah, pretty soon it'll be 'no right on red'...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 11:17 AM
They are only trying make a better life for themselves.

This is only the beginning, wait until they pass amnesty then it will be to late.
Call Rep. Bishop and appose his push for amnesty and restore the rule of law.
By AmericanPieHole (48), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 1:22 PM
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Amnesty for whom? Drug addicts? Unemployed? What's going on here?
By johnj (172), Westhampton on Nov 20, 13 3:08 PM
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If you need to ask you would not understand the answer.
By AmericanPieHole (48), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 3:32 PM
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Care to explain it to me then?
By johnj (172), Westhampton on Nov 21, 13 11:25 AM
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By em (11), east hampton on Nov 21, 13 1:56 PM
Hopefully there were survelliance cameras! How terrifying!



By springsmom (19), East Hampton on Nov 20, 13 1:23 PM
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What articles were stolen?
Keep an eye out on Craigslist and other shops.
By RheannoneRocha (4), Southampton, New York on Nov 20, 13 2:59 PM
brilliant!! If we know what items are missing these strung out junkies may be caught trying to pawn it for cash. Trading a hand bag, or sweater, for drugs doesn't fly with dealers. Hopefully more information will be given this evening.
By mmmonkey16 (3), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 7:27 PM
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Sign them up for OBAMACARE, if they have insurance they may not rob again.
By kpjc (140), east quogue on Nov 20, 13 3:45 PM
Good luck signing up for Obamacare...I guess they will rob again!
By razza5350 (1507), East Hampton on Nov 27, 13 1:35 PM
Just two more dreamers… We need mass deportation, oh yeah we can't afford to do that… It'll be much cheaper to pay for school, Medicaid and Food Stamps for all the Illegal Aliens.
By ICE (1175), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 4:50 PM
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How frightening for the store owner---any one of us could have been in that store at the time of the robbery. I truly hope they get these people ASAP.
By Mrs.Sea (187), Sag Harbor on Nov 20, 13 5:12 PM
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I never heard of a robbery where the suspects would spend half an hour in the store. Your in and out in less than a couple of minutes. No video and no suspects in custody. Something doesn't add up.
By BruceB (120), Sag Harbor on Nov 20, 13 6:17 PM
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seriously. What robber takes 30 minute,s only to steal "several" items?
By GSA190 (1), southampton on Nov 20, 13 6:57 PM
This store is full of high price designer goods, it's not just a consignment store. Sounds to me like they cased the place and knew there was no camera and not much traffic on a Tuesday.
By Q333 (118), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 7:27 PM
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By BruceB (120), Sag Harbor on Nov 20, 13 8:10 PM
She was targeted because she was alone in her store - and is just trying to make a living as a small store owner! I know this woman and witnessed the aftermath of what happened last night. Please don't make light or speculate about things you just don't know - or witness.
How would you feel is you were in your late sixties, and restrained with a gun to your head and begging for your life?
By tls2 (1), Manhattan on Nov 20, 13 9:26 PM
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BruceB, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and are free to troll around on websites shouting conspiracy theories. have you ever been the victim of an act of violence? I have and can tell you that time travels very slow. In actuality it was probably less than 30min but it must have felt like an eternity when a gun is involved.
By AXman (1), sag harbor on Nov 20, 13 10:27 PM
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Let more undocumented people in the country. Between this medical insurance and illegal immigration this president is becoming the biggest failure in the history of the country.This country has been fooled.
By chief1 (1108), southampton on Nov 20, 13 6:54 PM
IT has NOTHING to do with documented or undocumented, I now MANY citizens that at some point they were undocumented.....you won't be able to tell. Sorry you are very wrong, one thing has nothing to do with the other.
By Bel (86), southampton on Nov 24, 13 5:45 PM
A half-hour = "if you don't know the knot, tie a lot"!
By Tay (22), Hampton Bays on Nov 20, 13 7:08 PM
They may have been looking for specific brands, e.g. Gucci. This was a consignment store so the people who left items there are hurt more than the owner.
By Q333 (118), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 7:22 PM
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By East End 2 (64), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 7:24 PM
Sounds like drugs, not immigration is the real issue here. The east end is not wrapped in a protective bubble, obviously.
By East End 2 (64), Southampton on Nov 20, 13 7:24 PM
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A composite sketch of one suspect has been released. Compare this quick police action with the 11-day delay in releasing the ID and photo of the suspected driver who mowed down Sister Walsh and left her to die on the side of the road over 70 weeks ago. RIP

By PBR (3990), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 5:06 AM
Why do you keep bringing up Sister Walsh? I told you when it happenef who owned the car and who he was related to. The obviously don't wsnt the alledged suspect to his story or the fact he had no license or citizenship.Why has the press never investigated the lack of proper investigating of this case? Why has the press never investigated how the owner of this car has been illegally using trustee land.? Or why the owner paved trustee land as his own personel drivewa? Why do the oils from this illegal ...more
By chief1 (1108), southampton on Nov 21, 13 7:53 AM
Seems as if you answered your own question, and quite well in my opinion . . .

NO human being should ever forget this "miscarriage of justice" to quote the Press's editorial from last summer.

I hope the shopkeeper in Sag Harbor is doing OK -- a traumatic event for her indeed.
By PBR (3990), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 7:58 AM
You all read the Newsday article last Friday correct? Yet you all still pose questions as to why this? and why that?

The most obvious answer if usually correct...
By Disgustedwithyou (35), Hampton Bays on Nov 21, 13 9:33 AM
Yes, let's just assume that because the accomplices were described as hispanic, they are illegal immigrants. So judgemental.
By Miss K. (93), East Quogue on Nov 21, 13 9:51 AM
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By chief1 (1108), southampton on Nov 21, 13 11:31 AM
NO, not really. Many of the hispanics out here are illegal aliens. The two who did this definitely are illegals, even if their immigration status is legit, they just robbed a store, so now they are illegals anyway.
By ICE (1175), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 12:32 AM
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By PeteyBoy (4), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 12:00 PM
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I got the same feeling. The story reads like an old Kojak TV show. In real life it doesn't happen this way. If indeed it happened, I wonder if the real intent was to scare the victim enough to drive her out of business, the proceeds of the robbery being secondary.

A security camera in another business might of captured the event during the times listed above. Personally, I don't think it will be very hard to solve.
By BruceB (120), Sag Harbor on Nov 21, 13 8:01 PM
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Disagree. SHPD aren't exactly the best in the world at solving crimes. Sprinkle in the likelihood of the criminals being illegals, and this becomes a matter of chasing ghosts.
ie.
Westhampton Country Heroes - car drives through storefront and "Hispanic males" seen running from the scene. Unsolved.
Speonk - illegal immigrant murdered on front lawn. Unsolved.
And so on....
The price we pay for cheap labor is so cheap sometimes.
Nov 22, 13 9:40 AM appended by double standard
"isn't so cheap"
By double standard (1148), Remsenburg on Nov 22, 13 9:40 AM
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By PeteyBoy (4), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 10:52 AM
Is what I have heard from many people, this couple got pay to scare her, to drive her out of business.
By Bel (86), southampton on Nov 24, 13 5:50 PM
Has anyone asked the mayor what he plans to do? Since he was the one who was for cutting back the police presence and police force maybe he has a better way to keep our streets safer!
By LocalNotNative (3), Sag harbor on Nov 21, 13 3:48 PM
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Maybe the question should be better put to the police chief. With all the police on hand in that department for such a small village how could anyone even contemplate an armed robbery almost across the street from the police station?
By V.Tomanoku (577), southampton on Nov 21, 13 4:24 PM
This used to be such a nice place to live. I wonder what happened?
By double standard (1148), Remsenburg on Nov 21, 13 3:55 PM
Very scary!
By Beach town (7), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 6:52 PM
Didn't this same store have the front door kicked in during the summer?
By bigfresh (1066), north sea on Nov 22, 13 6:27 AM
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Yes, by the competition. And she was also robbed in June and told the Star that she was going to install cameras.
By Q333 (118), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 1:37 PM
That's strange, two other robbery stories on the front page-- one involving a car. The weird part is they're not Hispanics either. Anyone in this thread care to explain that for me?
By johnj (172), Westhampton on Nov 22, 13 1:30 PM
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subcontractors? :)
By PBR (3990), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 3:43 PM
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to be accurate the one involving a car was an attempted Theft not a robbery, don't get it twisted. No one said all crime out here is hispanics, but most crimes commited by hispanics out here seem to be by illegal aliens.
By ICE (1175), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 5:45 PM
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By ICE (1175), Southampton on Nov 22, 13 5:45 PM
Not sure why my comment was deleted?
By PeteyBoy (4), Southampton on Dec 4, 13 1:15 PM
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