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Man Armed With Baseball Bat Robs LaGrangeville Tobacco Shop

Smokes 4 Less, a LaGrangeville store that sells tobacco, cigars and smoking accessories, was robbed by a baseball-bat wielding suspect Tuesday, police say.
Smokes 4 Less, a LaGrangeville store that sells tobacco, cigars and smoking accessories, was robbed by a baseball-bat wielding suspect Tuesday, police say. Photo Credit: Google Maps screen shot

LAGRANGE, N.Y. - A LaGrangeville tobacco shop was held up by a baseball-bat wielding robber Tuesday, a spokesman for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office said.

Capt. John Watterson said that the suspect threatened a clerk at Smokes 4 Less -- a chain store that sells cigars, cigarettes, vape pens and smoking accessories -- and then fled in a white sedan with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was later tracked down and arrested by town of Poughkeepsie police, Watterson said.

The two people inside the vehicle are being questioned in connection with the robbery and recent similar incidents in Dutchess County, he added.

The store, located at 1520 Route 55, was hit about 12:50 p.m., police said. The store lists its address as 1516 Route 55, however.

Smokes 4 Less, which is headquartered in Poughkeepsie, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted in the investigation by the New York State Police and the town of Poughkeepsie police.

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