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Robbers steal $35K in cigarettes, cash from Westbury grocery store

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NASSAU COUNTY (PIX11) -- Police are searching for suspects in an overnight grocery store robbery.

Approximately $35,000 in cigarettes, $2,500 in cigars and an undetermined amount of printed lottery tickets were stolen from Old Country Food Mart, police said.

The grocery store, which is located on 962 Old Country Road in Westbury, was closed and secured by a male employee at 12:30 a.m. When the same employee returned at 7:15 a.m., he noticed the alarm was already off.

Upon entering the store, the employee found one of the registers were opened and emptied of its cash. Money from the store's New York State Lottery register and an ATM machine was also taken, police said.

An investigation into the robbery determined the unknown suspects entered the store through a 2 feet by 2 feet hole in the roof of the store.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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