Niagara Gazette

Local News

February 7, 2013

Detectives probing robbery

Niagara Gazette — Falls police detectives say they don't know yet if the robbery of a LaSalle convenience store late Monday night is tied to an earlier rash of robberies in January.

Detectives have been hunting for at least two suspects in a trio of hold-ups that occurred just as the new year kicked off. Now they are looking for two suspects in the most recent robbery.

The hold-up took place around 10:44 p.m. at a store in the 6800 block of Buffalo Avenue. A witness saw they robbery taking place and called police, but the bandits had fled by the time officers arrived on the scene.

A store clerk told investigators two suspects entered the store and one jumped over the front counter and pointed a handgun at his face. The victim said the gunman repeatedly told him to "Open the (cash register) drawer."

The second suspect then came behind the counter and grabbed an unknown quantity of lottery tickets.

After the clerk opened the cash register drawer, the gun toting suspect grabbed a handful of cash. He then jumped back over the counter and both suspects ran from the store, heading toward 68th Street. 

Between New Year’s Eve and Jan. 3, investigators responded to a trio of robberies with somewhat similar circumstances, but they've been unable, so far, to determine if they are all related.

“There are similar suspect descriptions,” Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. “But in one robbery we have two suspects and then in the others it’s just one suspect. But the (single suspect) looks like one of the guys from the first robbery. It’s just hard to tell and we’re just not sure.”

Detectives have released pictures of those suspects, taken from security cameras inside the stores. Trane said they have not received much help from the public since releasing the photos.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results