Cops: Second armed robbery this week

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold police are investigating the second armed robbery of a Chinese food restaurant in town this week.

For the second time this week, employees of a Chinese food restaurant in Southold Town have been robbed by a lone masked gunman, town police said.

Southold Police detectives are investigating a Tuesday night robbery at Cai Hong restaurant on Route 48 in Southold, where a masked man armed with a black handgun entered around 9 p.m., demanding cash from the register. He walked away with about $500, police said.

The suspect was dressed in all black, wearing a hooded sweat shirt, and he took off in an easterly direction, police said.

A detective said that due to a language barrier with employees of the restaurant, an interpreter was needed to aid in the investigation.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday night,  a lone masked gunman robbed New China Restaurant on Front Street in Greenport and took off with $400 cash. Police said they couldn’t yet confirm if the two crimes were connected.

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