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Six robberies in Elmwood, North Buffalo and Bailey traced to one man

Six robberies at businesses in different parts of the city were traced to one man living on Blake Street, Buffalo police said,

Michael A. Perez Sr., 27, was charged with six counts of robbery, according to E District Police Chief Carmen Menza.

The robberies occurred between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5 at businesses in the city's Elmwood Village area, North Buffalo and on Bailey Avenue.

"There was a one-man crime spree going on during that period," Menza said.

Perez is accused of robbing three 7-Eleven convenience stores, including one that was robbed twice. Perez also is accused on robbing a Citizens Bank inside the Tops Market at 2101 Elmwood Ave. in North Buffalo, which also was struck twice. The bank was first robbed on Jan. 30 and again on Feb. 5, Menza said.

Perez is accused of robbing the 7-Eleven at 3428 Bailey Ave. on. Jan. 31 and again on Feb. 4.

He also is acused of robbing the  7-Eleven stores at 2458 Delaware Ave. and at 782 Elmwood Ave., Menza said.

No weapon was displayed in any of the robberies.

"He passed notes. They were what you call strong arm robberies," said Menza.

Menza said the police department received a tip that allowed them zero in on Perez.

Police captured and arrested Perez without incident Tuesday at the home of his mother on Blake St., off of Genesee Street.

The detectives involved in the investigation of the robberies were Erin McCarthy, Amy Frankel and Edwin Perez.


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