Authorities say armed robberies are connected

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says the majority of a string of armed robberies across three counties are connected.

The latest holdups took place on Thursday in Amherst and North Tonawanda. In those robberies, police say one man walked in, showed a gun and got away with money. But a second man is likely to be involved in these armed robberies, as seen in surveillance picture taken from the 7-Eleven on Telegraph Road in Middleport on Christmas Day.

State Police say that’s when these robberies started happening. And since then, there have been similar crimes in North Tonawanda, Lockport, Middleport, Medina, Cheektowaga, and Niagara Falls.

State Police Lt. Kurt Schmitt said, “I mean the normal guess or the cultural guess is that it’s drug use or gambling addictions. There are all sorts of guesses but we won’t know until we catch them. It could just be thrill seeking, any guess would be all we have.”

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office released a new surveillance photo on Friday from the armed robbery on Christmas Eve at a Kwikfill. The suspect typically dresses in all black and wears a bandana over his nose and mouth. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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