By Kathryn G. Menu; Photography by Michael Heller
Police are looking for a Hispanic man alleged to have wielded a gun in an armed robbery on Main Street, Sag Harbor Tuesday night just before 6 p.m.
Sag Harbor Village Police responded to a call at 6:25 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the Corner Closet, a vintage and luxury goods consignment store owned by Seena Stromberg.
According to police, a Hispanic male and a female accomplice entered the Corner Closet at approximately 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening. The man displayed a handgun, forcing Stromberg — alone at the time of the robbery — into a rear storage area where he placed both her arms and legs in restraints, according to a press release issued by the Sag Harbor Village Police Department Wednesday afternoon.
The suspects then returned to the front of the store and stole designer handbags, scarves and accessories.
“They took several items from the establishment,” said Sag Harbor Police Sergeant Paul Fabiano, who added it was unclear if cash was taken from the store, but that other items including clothing and jewelry were taken.
The suspects then fled in what police believe was a late 1990s or early 2000s domestic four-door white sedan.
Stromberg, said police, was able to free herself from the restraints, exit the store and ask a passerby to contact police.
According to Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeffrey Proctor, just 15 minutes prior to the robbery, a similar situation unfolded at Illusions on Main Street where a different Hispanic male, also in his late 20s or early 30s with a moustache and glasses, posed a similar question to the store clerk there as was posed by the suspect at the Corner Closet. The man left that store without incident.
Both suspects remain at large.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Sag Harbor Village Police have asked the public to help in identifying and locating the two suspects. Crime Stoppers has offered a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or the Sag Harbor Village Police Department at 725-0247. All calls will be kept confidential.
The man is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’3 with brown hair in his late 20s, early 30s. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans. The woman is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’5 with brown hair also in her late 20s, early 30s. She was wearing a fuchsia sweater vest over a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
Proctor confirmed that during the search for suspects Tuesday night, police did pull over a vehicle on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, although it ended up not being related to the Main Street robbery.
According to Proctor, Stromberg did not have video surveillance, but police are combing all available surveillance from downtown Sag Harbor from Tuesday evening. Police are also interviewing witnesses.
In the past two decades, there have been at least two armed robberies reported in Sag Harbor. One was at the Getty Station; the other at Madison Market, which was located in the building currently occupied by Cilantro’s.
While the first armed robbery in Sag Harbor in over a decade, it is not the first time the Corner Closet has been targeted. In late May, the store was the victim of shoplifting — two Chanel and two Hermes bags, along with five dresses by Chanel and Herve Leger, taken in that theft.