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Update - Blue Marble Ice Cream: 'We've Been Robbed'

According to police, the ice cream merchants posted to Facebook then waited 30 minutes before calling 911.

 

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."

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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. 

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Update: Monday, 9:28 p.m. Blue Marble have confirmed that staffmembers are safe.

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Blue Marble Ice Cream on Court Street has just been robbed, according to a Facebook update loaded by the owners on Monday night.

It reads:

"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.

Stay with Patch for updates.

andrew October 23, 2012 at 04:04 AM
happy to hear that the employee is safe.. but very disturbing that instead of calling 911 or the precinct directly after the crime took place, he continued to serve customers and post an update on his FB page. so rather than report the crime and do the community a favor by helping the police possibly quickly make an arrest, we now have a criminal roaming the streets with little chance of being caught due to 1/2 hour going by after the commission of the crime.
andrew October 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thanks for this update Claudia and I hope that the Patch corrects this misinformation. Happy that your employee is safe. That in the end is all that matters here. Let's hope the great team at the 76pct can now catch the person that committed this crime.
AnonymousCGer October 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
OK, the kid is fine and not injured. In the scheme of things this is great! ,you dismiss 1 element of the story as not being true: posting a comment on FB. So, what about the other elements of the story like continuing to serve customers, calling management, and only then calling 911 taking a full 30 minutes allowing this criminal to escape!? I was always taught to call 911 in emergencies not to call management and thanks to these brillant moves the kid made this scum is free to continue to prowl our streets! It seems that almighty buck trumps good communal sense!
matt October 23, 2012 at 04:24 PM
So who did make the post?
AnonymousCGer October 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
And I'm still puzzled by why the cops weren't called right away and why management had to be contacted 1st.

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