Police Investigate Armed Robbery In Greenburgh

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Greenburgh police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday at the Shell station near Scarsdale.
Greenburgh police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday at the Shell station near Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened Tuesday afternoon near the Greenburgh-Scarsdale border, Detective Pete Kalmes said.

About 3:30 p.m., the robber, who wore a red and white scarf over his face to conceal his identity, entered the Shell gas station on Central Park Avenue and demanded money. The gas station clerk told police that the robber had a silver handgun. The robber fled with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

The robber was described as light-skinned, between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, and was wearing a gray winter jacket and a white wool hat.

Police officers canvassed the area, going from door to door searching for the robber. Detectives were reviewing security footage.

“At this point, we’re still trying to put the pieces together,” Kalmes said. “We just got the security tapes. We’ll know more when we finish going over them.”

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Greenburgh police at 914-682-5325. All calls will be kept confidential.

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I bet it was a soft target on the Journal News Gun Map --- 4 gas station in Westchester robbed since the map went up on December 22 --- people really need to start a class action. Although the map is down - criminals had 27 days to screen cap certain neighborhoods and/or download the map.

This is what the chief sent to me earlier tonight:
From: Joseph DeCarlo
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:58 PM
To: 'geoff.loftus@verizon.net'; Paul Feiner; Town Board
Subject: Robbery. 1000 Central Park Ave

This was the information released to the media this afternoon. The immediate area was quickly checked and there was no reason to believe he was in the area nor a treat to any civilians in the neighborhood.

"no reason to believe he was in the area nor a treat to any civilians in the neighborhood."

Was Halloween 2012 rescheduled?

Notwithstanding what Mr. Feiner and the ECC received from the police at 10:58 p.m. -- after the ECC posted a story earlier this evening about an armed robbery that was reported to the police eight hours earlier at 2:50 p.m. -- just minutes prior to the dismissal of kids from Seely Place Elementary School -- a resident received the following email (earlier this evening) from a Greenburgh police detective: "He robbed the Shell station at gun point and ran up Clifton. When we arrived he was not in the area. He did leave a personal article behind and the detectives might be able to get evidence off of it. I believe there was a video surveillance system too." This is not an incident that lends itself to sugarcoating. There was an armed robbery within minutes of the dismissal of a nearby elementary school, a suspect with a silver handgun ran into a residential neighborhood with kids, and the police went after him with their own guns drawn. In this day and age, public safety and common sense dictate that police and elected government officials have a duty to inform school officials and residents when something like this involving a gun used in a crime occurs -- not eight hours after the fact -- but in real time so that everyone can take the necessary precautions.

Your story provides a false and misleading account of an extremely troubling incident in Edgemont that has parents extremely upset. First of all, you state that the armed robbery took place at "3:30 p.m." This is false. According to Police Chief DeCarlo, Greenburgh police responded to the report of a robbery at "2:30 p.m." The robber, brandishing a silver hand gun, fled on foot on Clifton Road into the Cotswold neighborhood just prior to dismissal of students from Seely Place School. Police immediately converged on the neighborhood looking for the gunman, but at no time appear to have ever informed school officials or parents of what had occurred. One Cotswold parent tonight contacted the ECC to say what when she came home from picking up her daughter at 3:20 p.m., "there were four cop cars in front of my house, and two cops on foot in my driveway, headed into my backyard -- one of them had his gun drawn. Yikes." Edgemont residents looking for true and correct information are urged to read the ECC website or its facebook page.