Employees take down robber armed with shotgun

- Employees of a Long Island thrift store managed to take down a robber armed with a shotgun.

It happened about 8:30 p.m. at Islant Thrift on Middle Country Road in Centereach.  Police say Ronald J. Kelly ented the store and pointed a shotgun at 6 employees and demanded money.

The store manager feared the situation was becoming dire and she grabbed the shotgun. Two other employees joined the struggle, gained control of the shotgun.

They wrestled Kelly to the ground, holding him down until Suffolk County police officers arrived.

The suspect was hurt during the altercation and was transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. None of the employees were hurt.

Kelly, 45, of Holtsville, New York was charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

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