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UPDATE: Police Release Surveillance Footage of Elks Lodge Robbery

$1,000 stolen during incident late Tuesday night

Toms River police are searching for the suspect they said robbed the Toms River Elks Lodge while armed with an automatic handgun late Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the lodge at 600 Washington St. where the 70-year-old male bartender and a 66-year-old female Elks member said that a man armed with an automatic handgun stole $1,000 after a brief struggle near midnight, said Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy.

"During the struggle the female hit the suspect with a large bottle of alcohol," the chief said. "Neither of the victims received injuries."

The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a heavy build, curly dark hair and was wearing a dark three-quarters parka, dark skull cap and a blue and white scarf covering his head, Mastronardy said. The suspect's age was not given by police.

Toms River Officer Chris McDowell and K-9 Officer Steve Eubanks are investigating along with Ocean County Sheriff's Department Detectives Randy Petrick and Roger Hull, Mastronardy said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Bureau Capt. Bruce Burgess at 732-349-0150, ext. 1200, the chief said.

guinnesslover January 09, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Good description of the suspect, with one glaring ommission. I guess in the world we live in, it isn't politically correct to give the race.
fed up January 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM
It says he's white.
Gregory Kyriakakis (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM
We've updated the article with that info
fed up January 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Sorry guinnesslover, have one on me. just make sure they pour it correctly. YUMMY!!!
Ken January 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Just need to learn how to read Guinnesslover, the suspect was not a dark as your beer. Maybe you need another one!
guinnesslover January 09, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Ken- You need to read the comment from the editor. They added race after my post (your apology is accepted). I never said he was dark. The reason for giving a description is to ask the public to help identify the perp, so race would also be helpful, no?
Laci January 09, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Asbury Park Press reports that the 66 year old female lodge member hit the suspect on his head with a large bottle of alcohol. Good for her. No specifics needed like whether it was Wild Turkey or Southern Comfort.
Richard J. Thomas January 09, 2013 at 10:05 PM
That old babe's got a pair on her. Hitting a guy with a bottle of booze when he's got a gun takes balls. Don't mess with her.
Karen Ann Campbell January 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM
They are the nicest people. Fed so many families for free on Thanksgiving. I hope they catch the guy. I have seen some tough ladies on Bingo night maybe it was one of them. Good for her!
angel c January 10, 2013 at 03:33 AM
it clearly states WHITE in the first line of description.. "The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall"
. January 10, 2013 at 04:10 AM
They'll catch him. One of his friends will rat him out.
Al January 10, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Greg, I think you meant to say that he had a semi-automatic handgun. If he had an automatic handgun, that'd be very surprising, as they are quite rare.
Gino De Lucia January 10, 2013 at 07:32 AM
Please..... just catch the asshole that did this and quick bickering like a bunch of old hens!
cw1234 January 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM
An automatic handgun?
wookfish January 10, 2013 at 02:17 PM
cw..do you really think they know the difference?
wookfish January 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM
watch the video..he KNEW just were the till was kept..walked right to the cabinet, opened it and reached in..no looking around, no fumbling around..he Knew it was there
Al January 10, 2013 at 04:06 PM
He correctly identified the weapon used in Wednesday's robbery as a semi-automatic. He does appear to know the difference so it seems like a typo, but it is worth pointing out as it does make a difference.
Carm Crisafulli January 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
its a member....and a cowardly one at that...that clown knew who was there and where the cash was...!!!
Eyespy January 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM
They Will get him !
Pam Barnes January 16, 2013 at 02:45 AM
The bartender is my Uncle Nick I can't believe he tried to grab the gun

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