Tonawanda News — Two area police departments said Friday the two alleged robbers arrested in Cheektowaga could be responsible for crimes in the Tonawandas.
“There are absolutely strong similarities. The detectives have been talking with Cheektowaga officers, and we’re looking to identify him,” Town of Tonawanda Capt. Joseph Carosi said. “But’s nothing concrete, no arrests.”
In the town, police are investigating a robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon at Key Bank on Delaware Avenue in Delton Plaza. The incident is just one of some 20 robberies across the region in the last five weeks.
Robbers hit the Able Insurance Agency on Erie Avenue and the 7-Eleven convenience store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda. NT officers said they’re also investigating whether the two men are tied to those two incidents.
North Tonawanda Capt. Tom Krantz said the two Cheektowaga suspects — Anderson A. Arroyo, 29, of Amherst, and Timothy S. Reinard, 45, of Cheektowaga — match the physical descriptions of suspects from the robberies in North Tonawanda. They are white, between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-10, and in many cases, wore black masks during the thefts.
“They possibly are connected. We are looking at them, but we haven’t made any arrests,” Krantz said. “I believe all the agencies are working together to look at that.”
On Monday, the two men allegedly targeted a NOCO on Transit Road. Shortly after it was called in to police, Cheektowaga officers stopped a vehicle that ran a red light. Clothes inside the vehicle matched the description given by a witness at the NOCO station, and police arrested the two suspects.
They have been charged with first-degree robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon.
Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour said he is confident Arroyo and Reinard are the suspects authorities have been looking for in his jurisdiction.
“We like these guys for [our robberies], too,” the sheriff said.
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.