The Latinos Multiservices store at 1186-B East Main Street in Riverhead, at the corner of Elton Street. Photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead Police are searching for a masked man who robbed a convenience store on Upper East Main Street at gunpoint Wednesday night.

Police said a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a black handgun held up the Latinos Multiservices shop at the corner of Elton Street and East Main Street at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The man forcibly removed approximately $20,000 in cash from the store then left the premises, exiting into an adjacent parking lot, police said.

The suspect was wearing a ski mask, a black hat, blue/green pants and a black outer garment. No further description was provided.

An extensive search by Riverhead patrol officers and a K-9 unit was negative, according to a police press release.

Riverhead Police detectives are investigating the robbery. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500 or the department’s crime hotline at 631-727-3333. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

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