4 grocery workers tied up at gunpoint at ShopRite in Newburgh

Police say the armed robbery happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Shop Rite located on North Plank Road. (4/5/14)

NEWBURGH - Police in Newburgh are searching for the robber who tied up four supermarket workers at gunpoint and made off with cash.

The armed robbery happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ShopRite store located on North Plank Road.

Investigators say the man entered the store with a handgun and forced three employees and a store manager into an office. There, he allegedly tied them up and forced the manager to open a safe.

The suspect took off with an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets.

After the store manager freed himself, he called police.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, possibly in his late 20s. He was wearing a green knit hat, tan pants, a button-down shirt and a tie. The suspect ran from the parking lot wearing a bright yellow rain jacket.

Anyone with information is being urged to call Newburgh police.

The store's vice president says the workers handled the situation exactly the way they should have. The store is making counselors available to all of its workers, and the four who were involved are getting paid time off to recuperate after the terrifying incident.

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