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Nov 10, 2013 9:15 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Springs Man Charged With Robbing Springs Liquor Store Released On Bail

Nov 12, 2013 2:57 PM

UPDATE, TUESDAY, 12:06 P.M.:

Mr. Tracy was arraigned in East Hampton Justice Court on Tuesday morning in front of Judge Catherine A. Cahill and released on $10,000 cash bail.

The Assistant District Attorney Robert Archer asked for bail to be set at $50,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond, but John O'Brien, Mr. Tracy's attorney, said that the family would pay $10,000 cash and Judge Cahill agreed.

The 19-year-old with long sandy brown hair, was wearing blue sweatpants and a black T-shirt, said he is currently unemployed and had done one semester of school at Vermont College after graduating from East Hampton High School in 2012.

In an oral admission to police on Monday, he said he was intoxicated when he robbed the liquor store, according to court records.

"This is about Saturday, just so you know, I didn't have a gun," he said. "That was the craziest thing I have ever done. I was drunk."

Mr. Tracy took $1,500 from the cash register on Saturday, according to court records, by showing what appeared to be a gun through his sweatshirt pocket.

A grand jury is expected to convene, and according to Mr. Archer, Mr. Tracy could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

UPDATE, MONDAY 3:35 P.M.:

East Hampton Town Police on Monday identified John X. Tracy III, 19, of Springs, as a suspect in the armed robbery of the Springs Wine and Liquors store on Saturday afternoon.

Through witness descriptions and video surveillance footage, Mr. Tracy was developed as a suspect, police said. The investigation led to his arrest on Monday at 9:54 a.m., after police found him driving a 2004 Gray Dodge Ram pick-up truck on Norfolk Drive in Springs.

Mr. Tracy was charged with robbery in the first degree, a felony.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday.

ORIGINAL STORY:

East Hampton Town Police are looking for a man who robbed the Springs Wine and Liquors Store on Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton late Saturday afternoon, according to East Hampton Town Police.

According to a press release issued by Detective Sergeant Robert Gurney, the suspect entered the business at 839 Springs Fireplace Road at 4:53 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk, stating that he had a gun. The suspect never displayed a weapon, but kept his hand in his vest pocket to suggest that he had one, authorities said.

After taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, the suspect fled on foot along Fort Pond Boulevard and toward Three Mile Harbor Road, according to police. The clerk was not injured.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a dark colored vest and tan pants.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the East Hampton Town Police at (631) 573-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Looks like he may have left fingerprints on the door by the video frame photos.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Nov 11, 13 12:54 AM
1 member liked this comment
Those fingers may some kind of covering on them (zoom in)?

A ring on the middle finger?

Quick work to release a photo ASAP, unlike the SHT PD's 11-day delay in the hit and run death of Sister Walsh SIXTEEN MONTHS ago. RIP.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Nov 11, 13 9:24 AM
Nothing a short barreled 870 under the counter wouldn't have taken care of. Oh that's right, we live in NY where the criminals have all the rights and 'citizens' are perpetual victims.
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 11, 13 6:25 AM
Excellent police work to have a suspect arrested this morning. Well done EHT PD!

Coincidentally today marks the 69th week since Sister Walsh was killed.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Nov 11, 13 4:31 PM
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Big rise in robberies out here lately. Kinda scary
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Nov 11, 13 4:39 PM
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