Tonawanda News — An armed robber stormed into a 7-Eleven convenience store in North Tonawanda early Thursday morning, making off with an undisclosed sum of money before striking again an hour later at another convenience store in Amherst.
North Tonawanda Police Capt. Tom Krantz said a clerk working at the 7-Eleven told investigators the suspect, a white male, entered the store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd. at 2:45 a.m. brandishing a hand gun and demanding cash, before fleeing on foot west on Ruie Road, where he may have escaped in a waiting vehicle.
“We’re assuming he had a car there based on the footprints in the snow,” he said. “We don’t know if there was a car waiting with someone inside or if he was alone.”
The individual was dressed almost entirely in black and wore a ski mask that concealed his identity. Krantz said he has a “medium build and medium height.”
Within an hour of the first crime, at approximately 3:30 a.m., another robbery took place at a 7-Eleven in Amherst.
Police said the incidents may be connected to a string of robberies, now totaling 15 since Dec. 24, in Niagara and Erie counties.
“We don’t know that they are related but we’re assuming they’re related,” Krantz said.
Investigators are asking the public, particularly those who live along Ruie Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard, to call police with possible tips.
“Anybody who has seen anything suspicious in the area of Ruie Road can call us,” Krantz said.
Those with information can contact North Tonawanda police at 692-4325.