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Exclusive: Owner Reacts to Armed Robbery
SOUTHPORT (WENY) --- Police are still looking for an armed suspect in a Southport robbery this morning. It happened around quarter to 11.
Police say a man walked into Uncle Jack's Convenience Store and showed the owner what appeared to be a gun in his pocket. He got over $200 dollars from the register.
The suspect is described as having a scruffy beard and short hair. He's 5'8" to 6' tall and weighs over 200 pounds. He was wearing tan pants and a blue shirt or jacket with white stripes. He's Possibly in his 20's or 30's.
This isn't the first time the convenience store was robbed. The owners Kipal and Sapan Patel say it was hit just last week. Fortunately, they were closed at the time, so no one was placed in harm's way.
"We are here trying to do a business and make ends meet, and we just don't deserve to go through this stress. Nobody should be going through this stress," said Kipal.
Kipal says she was on the phone while the suspect was in the store shopping. As soon as she finished her conversation, he went over to the register and showed her a note and what appeared to be the outline of a gun in his pocket. She tried stalling so her security cameras would get a good look at him.
"Finally he got a little serious and I said 'Oh it's not opening' and he said 'it always opens,'" said Kipal. "So at that point, I figured that he's serious and I should just open up the drawer. He reached in and he grabbed money and basically left."
Kipal and her husband Sapan haven't even owned the shop for half a year yet. Kipal says she feels less safe after today and asked the previous managers about robberies.
"It happens over on the East Side all the time. It happens over on the South Side constantly. It's just working it's way down town," says neighbor Justin Harvey.
He says police are constantly patrolling the area. They say the suspect left heading towards Cedar Street.
Notre Dame and all public Southside schools were on lockdown for a little over an hour.
When asked if the suspect should be considered dangerous, Sheriff Moss replied, "Anyone who would do this, I would consider to be a danger."
The Chemung County Sheriff, Elmira City Police and State Troopers are on the lookout for the suspect and following leads.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chemung County Communication center at 607-735-8600. You can also email an anonymous tip to email@example.com