Police make arrest in armed robberies
KINGSTON >> A multiagency police investigation led to the arrest of a man suspected in armed robberies in Kingston and New Paltz, city police said Tuesday.
Bryan T. Avery, 42, of Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson, was ar- rested by members of the Kingston, New Paltz and town of Ulster police on Monday and charged by Kingston police with one felony count of robbery and one misdemeanor count of criminal contempt. Kingston police Det. Lt. Thierry Croizer said the criminal contempt charge stemmed from an outstanding warrant.
New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder said Avery would be charged by New Paltz police Tuesday afternoon with an additional felony count of robbery.
On Sunday, at about 9:20 p.m., Kingston police were called to investigate a robbery at the Dollar General store at 363 Foxhall Ave., police said. “It became apparent that a male subject had entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a dark-colored handgun and demanded cash from the register and the clerk’s wallet,” according to a press release.
At about 8:06 p.m. Monday, as the Kingston investigation was under way, New Paltz police reported a similar robbery at a Shell gasoline station at 490 Main St. in the town, Snyder said.
Working together, the agencies determined the same vehicle had been used in the two robberies, Kingston police said.
A short time later, town of Ulster police found the vehicle parked at a motel on state Route 28 in the town, Kingston police said.
Snyder said the handgun believed to have been used in the robbery, as well as additional evidence, were recovered by police.
Avery was arraigned in Kingston City Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail on the robbery charge and $5,000 bail on the contempt charge.