Update: Tuesday, 10:34 a.m. A 19-year-old employee at Blue Marble Ice Cream was robbed at gunpoint last night according to the official report provided to the 76th Precinct. The information given was as follows:
On Monday, October 22 a robbery took place at the ice cream shop between 8:15 p.m. and 8:26 p.m. during which time an unknown individual entered the store, displayed a small black firearm and demanded money from the victim. The employee complied with the request. After pocketing the cash, the thief fled down Court Street in an unknown direction. The crime was reported to police at 9:12 p.m.
The crook is described as male, black, 5 foot 11, between 40 and 50 years old with curly hair and wearing a green jacket.
In total $337 was stolen from the store. The incident is currently under investigation by the 76th Precinct.
The General Manager at Blue Marble has stated in the comments of this story that, contrary to what police stated Monday night, "the Employee DID NOT make a post about the robbery on Facebook before calling the police. Our employees do not have the passwords to access our Facebook account."
Upon further inquiry, Blue Marble representatives explained the discrepency between the Facebook post and the 911 call, saying the page was updated by another employee.
"As soon as we received the call from the employee, an administrative employee instantly posted an announcement on Facebook to alert other businesses in the hopes people in the community might have witnessed something and come forward with information," General Manager Claudia Dishon told Patch. "This post has since been removed. It is possible that post predates the timing of the arrival of the police. The NYPD and the detectives were extremely supportive and we sincerely appreciate their help in this matter."
Update: Monday, 10:39 p.m. A Blue Marble Ice Cream employee who was present during a robbery at the Court Street location Monday night posted about the incident on Facebook then let another 30 minutes pass before dialing 911, according to police.
After being robbed, the victim continued to serve customers, posted that he was robbed on social media, called the store manager, and then reported the incident to 911, giving the thief ample time to flee the scene, said police.
In total, there was a 30-minute delay between the time of the robbery until the time the victim called 911, said police.
The report is still being filed with the precinct. More details will be released later Monday evening.
Update: Monday, 9:28 p.m. Blue Marble have confirmed that staffmembers are safe.
Blue Marble Ice Cream on Court Street has just been robbed, according to a Facebook update loaded by the owners on Monday night.
"Our 196 Court Street location was just robbed. SEE SOMETHING? SAY SOMETHING."
Officers from the 76th Precinct are currently on the scene collecting information, but could not confirm any details at this time, said police.
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