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Riverhead police are looking for people who burglarized two Riverhead stores within a half-hour early this morning.

Police said five people broke into the Moose Knuckles Outlet Store at Tanger Outlets shortly after 1 a.m. today and made off with numerous articles of merchandise. The suspects broke through the front glass double doors. Police were called by Tanger security at 1:07 p.m., according to a police press release.

At 1:26 a.m. police were called by the owner of Papa Vapor and Smoke Shop at 763 Old Country Road, who reported a burglary alarm activation and said he had observed unknown persons break the front door glass, enter the store and remove items from within.

Police said interior surveillance video at the Moose Knuckles store Interior video showed five people breaking the glass on the front doors and entering the store. Store personnel said they removed numerous coats from the store. All five people were dressed in similar clothing: hooded sweatshirts with hoods pulled over their heads, face masks and gloves. They exited through the broken front doors and fled the area in a vehicle, of unknown make, model or registration.

Police said surveillance video at the smoke shop showed two males in their late teens to early 20s broke the front door glass, entered the store and removed a variety of merchandise from within.
Surveillance video showed the pair removing vape and CBD products valued in excess fo $2,500, police said. They left the location prior to police arrival.

A NY State Police K9 unit responded to the location and assisted in a search for the subjects, who were not located, police said.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact Riverhead Police Department detectives at 631-727-4500.

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