Po­lice agen­cies probe 11 armed rob­beries, maybe by same sus­pect

The Buffalo News - - WEATHER - By Keith McShea

Law en­force­ment from mul­ti­ple ju­ris­dic­tions in West­ern New York are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­cent string of 11 armed rob­beries that are “pos­si­bly linked to a sim­i­lar sus­pect,” ac­cord­ing to the Town of Ton­awanda Po­lice Depart­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties say the rob­beries have oc­curred over the last three weeks at gas sta­tions and con­ve­nience stores through­out Erie and Ni­a­gara Coun­ties, with po­lice from the Town of Ton­awanda, Amherst, Ni­a­gara Falls, Vil­lage of Ken­more and the Ni­a­gara County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment work­ing to­gether to track down the sus­pect or sus­pects.

“The armed rob­beries are pos­si­bly linked to a sim­i­lar sus­pect,” the re­lease stated.

That sus­pect is a white male wear­ing a black ski-type mask. Po­lice say that on each oc­ca­sion, the dis­guised male en­ters the store, dis­plays a hand­gun and de­mands money.

The most re­cent rob­beries were a pair in the Town of Ton­awanda on Mon­day.

Mon­day’s first rob­bery took place at the Sunoco APlus at Ni­a­gara Falls Boule­vard and South El­li­cott Creek Road at 6:30 a.m. The sec­ond was af­ter 7:30 p.m. at the Red Ap­ple at 4205 Delaware Ave. In each rob­bery, an un­de­ter­mined amount of cash was taken and the sus­pect fled the store on foot in an un­known di­rec­tion.

Po­lice ask any­one with de­tails about these rob­beries or who can rec­og­nize the per­son in the video to call any of these agen­cies:

• Town of Ton­awanda Po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau at 879-6633

• Ni­a­gara County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment at 438-3327

• Ken­more Po­lice Depart­ment at 875-4158

If a caller wishes to re­main anony­mous, call the Ton­awanda Po­lice Depart­ment’s con­fi­den­tial tip line at 879-6606.

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