It happened around 3:20 a.m. at the Sunoco Gas Station Food Mart on Brentwood Road in Bay Shore.
Authorities say the driver, who was wearing a white buttoned-down shirt and tie, slammed into the storefront.
Eyewitness News obtained exclusive surveillance video that shows him driving his car head-first into the store. He then spends two minutes reversing and driving forward, trying to get the car out of the store.
Once the car was free from the glass front door, the man drives the car around the pumps and then parks in front of the door. He exits the vehicle and goes inside the store, taking cash from the register and cigarettes from behind the counter. The suspect then returns to his car and drives off.
"This is crazy," said Riaz Kahn, a friend of the owner of the gas station, who spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. "This guy doesn't look like he's a robber."
Kahn said the owner lives upstate and asked him to swing by the store to assess the damage.
"His business is all shut down and the money gone," he said.
Anyone with information or who can identify the suspect is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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