Tonawanda News — In all, Voutour said, there have been 18 to 20 robberies in Erie and Niagara counties since the Christmas Eve robbery in Middleport.
The possibility of copycat robberies makes it that much more important investigators do their jobs correctly, he added.
”It’s painstaking. We gotta look at every case individually.”
The investigation may have been helped with a search warrant executed at Reinard’s Harvey Avenue home on Thursday, according to Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert.
”We cooperated with the Cheektowaga PD in executing a search warrant on the house. ... Some potential evidence was recovered,” he said. “We did take some items from the house that we’re going to examine.”
Eggert concurred with Voutour’s assessment of potential copycats, but said oftentimes when there’s a string of robberies like there has been, the copycats quit as soon as someone is arrested.
”Generally, what you see is when you make an arrest or a couple arrests, the copycats tend to stop,” Eggert said.
Both lawmen credited the work of the Cheektowaga police and stressed that investigation of the robberies has been a multi-agency effort from the beginning.
“Cheektowaga caught ‘em. They did a great job. It was a patrolman on a traffic stop that became suspicious of these guys,” Voutour said.
Cheektowaga Police Department has been a great host to other agencies since the early morning arrest, he added.
For now, Eggert said, police cannot say with certainty whether Reinard and Arroyo were responsible for any of the robberies in Niagara County.
North Tonawanda police could not be reached Thursday night to comment on the suspects’ possible involvement in open investigations here.