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A clerk at a North Tonawanda store was hit in the head and robbed as the business opened Thursday morning, city police reported.

It happened at about 7:50 a.m. at the CVS pharmacy at 955 Payne Ave.

Police Chief Willliam R. Hall said the robber hit the clerk with a weapon, which he declined to identify, then took an unspecified amount of cash and fled. The robbery occurred in the front area of the store.

As police searched for the robber, nearby schools went into “lock out” mode, meaning nobody could enter the buildings without producing identification. The lock out was lifted at 9:30 a.m., the chief said.

Meanwhile, the clerk was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The robber was a man between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers. It was unknown whether a vehicle was involved in the getaway.