Niagara Gazette

Crime

November 14, 2013

Falls police eye third suspect in robbery spree

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Niagara Gazette — The 7-Eleven employees told responding officers they removed precisely $35 from the register and gave it to the robbers. When contacted for this story, 7-Eleven employees refused to comment on the robbery.

Dairy Queen employees similarly refused comment. “We cannot disclose any information about the investigation at this time,” one worker stated when contacted via telephone.

According to police reports, it was approximately 10:40 a.m. on Oct. 21 when a lone robber entered the Niagara Street Dairy Queen and held up the store’s owner, who was sitting at one of the booths. The suspect, who was wearing a white bandana over his face, approached the owner and said, “Give me the money.”

The robber had a black semiautomatic handgun, which he was holding near his waistline but never pointed it at the man. He ended up getting away with all the money the owner was carrying, which totaled about $3,000.

The suspect then fled out the rear door toward the alley between 25th and 26th streets. The New York State Police Canine Unit also responded to the scene and searched the area with no results.

Though the number of suspects who entered the businesses and the types of guns used may have been different in the robberies, police still believe all three incidents are related. Last week, police said that they expect to make arrests in these cases within the next two to three weeks.

In general, the number of robberies in the city of Niagara Falls is high compared to the national average. Niagara Falls had 174 robberies in 2011, which is 345 robberies per 100,000 people, compared to the U.S. average of 115, according to city-data.com.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Niagara Falls Police Department at 286-4553 or 286-4711.

Vinny Muto and Justin Rybacki are Niagara University students. Additional reporting by Niagara University students Alexa Nicoletti, Quan Tran and Montanna Valler.

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