Niagara Gazette

Crime

January 26, 2014

Stuck cash register drawer foils Wheatfield armed robbery

A man brandishing a handgun tried to rob a gas station/convenience store Saturday evening.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, the suspect entered the Kwik Fill at 3945 Niagara Falls Boulevard about 7:30 p.m., pointed a small handgun at a store clerk and demanded money. The clerk was unable to open the cash register and the suspect told him to get on the ground at which point he fled the store.

Nothing was taken during the incident.

The suspect is described as being possibly white, 5-feet-5-inches tall and with a stocky build. The male word a red hoodie, dark winter hat, a dark bandanna over his face, black pants, dark gloves and dark colored boots.

The sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau is looking into the incident.

It's the latest in a string of armed robberies affecting mostly convenience stores in Niagara and Erie counties since Dec. 24. Police believe at least some of the robberies are by the same person or people.

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