Niagara Gazette

Crime

November 14, 2013

Falls police eye third suspect in robbery spree

Niagara Gazette — Police are now focusing their attention on three armed suspects who are believed to be responsible for a recent robbery spree.

Police are still collecting evidence, examining fingerprints and looking over surveillance footage from the three Niagara Falls businesses that were targeted late last month. While only one of the establishments suffered any real financial loss, the fearful memories still linger in the minds of the victims.

“(T)wo guys with masks walk in very casually and raise these huge guns,” recalled an employee named Nick, who works at Frenchy’s Pizzeria, which was targeted by the robbers on Oct. 23. “As soon as they raised the guns, my instincts took over, and I turned around and sprinted out the door as fast as I could. My heart was pounding and I couldn’t breathe as I ran out the back door and down the street. I was terrified.”

In fact, all three of the pizzeria employees instantly turned around and ran out the back door of the Niagara Street restaurant, leaving the robbers confused with no idea what they should do. So they ended up leaving and took nothing.

Frenchy’s was the final business to be targeted in the robbery spree. Two days prior, a man with a handgun robbed the nearby Dairy Queen on Niagara Street, getting away with nearly $3,000. And the following night, on Oct. 22, two masked men, one armed with a long gun similar to the ones described in the case of the pizzeria, robbed the 7-Eleven on Pine Avenue of a measly $35.

Similarities in these cases, in addition to how close together each crime was committed, have led police to think that these robberies were connected. At first police believed there were only two suspects, but now detectives are focusing their attentions solely on gathering evidence against the three purported suspects.

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