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Stolen Car Recovered After Tanger Robbery; Search Still On For Suspect

Police are still trying to locate who tied up a Tanger employee and robbed the Aldo store.

The car stolen in a Tanger robbery, has been recovered, police said.

According to Riverhead Police, the vehicle was found at the Deer Park train station.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who allegedly forced his way into the Aldo store, tied up a female Tanger employee, robbed the business, and stole her car.

Riverhead Police said on Dec. 26 at 9:02 a.m., they responded to the Aldo shoe store, located at 1770 West Main Street, Suite 902, in the Riverhead Tanger Outlet Center.

According to police, the female victim, an employee at Aldo Shoes, reported that an unknown male forced his way into the business while she was opening the front door to the store. The man, police said, placed an unknown object to the back of the employee's head and forcibly removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the store.

The victim was then tied up, police said -- while the subject fled in her 2012 Hyundai Elantra, registration number FRR-4165.

Last week, Tanger management said they are working with police and safety of customers is paramount.

Police said last week details had begun to emerge about the robbery.

Riverhead Police Lieutenant Richard Boden said the suspect was wearing a mask. The alleged robber, he added, was "dark-skinned," but his race is unknown; he is believed to be "somewhere in the vicinity of six feet tall."

Police are not releasing the name of the victim due to safety concerns; Boden said, adding that the suspect was unknown to her.

Security at Tanger has been enhanced, Boden said, with Riverhead Police doing extra patrols and Tanger Outlet security officers aware, as well.

"It was definitely a strange time to be doing a robbery," Boden said, adding that the amount of money stolen was not "extravagant."

Boden said police are asking that anyone who saw anything suspicous contact them at 631-727-4500.

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