String of robberies possibly connected

7-eleven

NORTH TONWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – For nearly a month, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has been looking for bandits responsible for a string of armed robberies. And authorities are also looking into the possibility those holdups are linked to robberies in Erie and Orleans counties.

Two armed robberies occurred Thursday in two different counties, but they could be related.

North Tonawanda Police Capt. Thomas Krantz says money was stolen from this 7-Eleven on Niagara Falls Boulevard around 2:30 Thursday morning.

“He walked into the store, the clerk was in the back room actually. He yelled out “hello” to get her attention. She came out, he had a gun pointed at her and said I want the money in the register,” Capt. Krantz said.

Something similar happened about 45 minutes later at the 7-Eleven on North French Road just a couple miles away from the Boulevard. Amherst Police Lt. Tracy Martin says money was also stolen at that location.

“We do recognize that there are similarities between both instances and in other jurisdictions,” Lt. Martin said.

Since the end of December, police have seen similar armed robberies in: North Tonawanda, Middleport, Medina, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls and Amherst. Now authorities are working to see how they tie together.

Capt. Krantz said, “We’re trying to see if there are enough similarities to say yes in fact it is the same individuals.”

Police say the suspect wears a black hoodie with dark pants, gloves and a bandana covering his nose and mouth, which is exactly what was seen in this surveillance picture from an armed robbery in Middleport late last month. But pay attention to the second man in the picture.

During their investigation, North Tonawanda Police say they found footprints in the snow that stopped on Ruie Road. They believe a second person might have been waiting in a car outside the 7-Eleven on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

To crack this case, police are pooling their resources and scanning through surveillance video for evidence. If you have any information, you’re asked to call police.

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