Man admits to crimes at Rent-A-Center stores

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man admitted Monday to a robbery and an attempted robbery at two separate Rent-A-Center stores. Cordero Cephus, 26, faces up to 40 years in state prison when he is sentenced in January.

Cephus admits to holding a Rent-A-Center store manager at gunpoint in August 2012. The manager of the City of Tonawanda store struggled with him, eventually fighting him off, but suffered head lacerations and a shoulder injury. DNA from a hat and gloves links Cephus to the robbery.

Cephus also admitted to robbing $917 at gunpoint from a Buffalo Rent-A-Center on May 23rd, 2013. A customer obtained Cephus’ license plate number as he fled the scene. Police were able to locate the car and recover the gun used during the robbery inside his apartment.

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