Niagara Gazette

Police Reports

January 23, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 24

NORTH TONAWANDA

Armed robber hits two stores

An armed robber stormed into a 7-Eleven convenience store in North Tonawanda early Thursday morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of money before striking again an hour later at another convenience store in Amherst. 

North Tonawanda Police Capt. Tom Krantz said a clerk working at the 7-Eleven told investigators the suspect entered the store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd. at 2:45 a.m. brandishing a hand gun and demanding cash, before fleeing on foot west on Ruie Road, where he may have escaped in a waiting vehicle. 

"We're assuming he had a car there based on the footprints in the snow," he said. "We don't know if there was a car waiting with someone inside or if he was alone." 

The individual was dressed almost entirely in black and wore a ski mask that concealed his identity. Krantz said he was white with a "medium build and medium height." 

Within in an hour of the first crime, at approximately 3:30 a.m., another robbery took place at a 7-Eleven in Amherst. 

Police said the incidents may be connected to a string of robberies, now totaling 15 since Dec. 24, in Niagara and Erie counties. 

"We don't know that they are related but we're assuming they're related," Krantz said. 

Investigators are asking the public, particularly those who live along Ruie Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard, to call police with possible tips. 

"Anybody who has seen anything suspicious in the area of Ruie Road can call us," Krantz said. 

Those with information can contact North Tonawanda police at 692-4325. 

Niagara Falls

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2900 block of Pine Avenue. Officers discovered broken windows on the front door of a store at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday and three pieces of concrete lying on the floor inside. The store appeared to be ransacked and a manager told police it appeared that 35 cell phones had been taken. The entire burglary was captured by 32 security cameras. The cameras show four suspects committing the break-in. Detectives are now looking for the suspects.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Police Reports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
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