A stocky robber wielding a stun gun and dressed in a black ninja-type outfit struck today for the second time in five days in the South Towns.
A clerk at the Buffalo-South Motor Inn on Milestrip Road was robbed of several hundred dollars early today by a robber who zapped him three times with a stun gun, Town of Hamburg police said.
"This is the first incident in my 18 1/2 years of police work that a stun gun was involved," Hamburg Detective Thomas Biersbach said.
Lackawanna police are investigating a similar incident Saturday night, when a bandit zapped a clerk once in the shoulder before taking about $180 from the Petro Gas Station on South Park Avenue.
"We have just about the same description," Lackawanna Detective Frank Rozwood said today after comparing notes with Town of Hamburg police. "Everything's the same except for the height and weight. Everything else matches up."
Police in the two agencies described the bandit's outfit as all black, including gloves and a hood with eye slits.
In today's holdup, a stocky robber dressed in the ninja-type outfit jumped over the counter in the motel office at about 4:10 a.m. and applied the stun gun to the back of the clerk's neck.
"It knocked him to the floor," Biersbach said. "He said he was conscious but he felt numb."
The robber proceeded to zap the clerk twice more, in the throat and in the back of the neck, in an attempt to get him to open a floor safe. The clerk told the bandit that he couldn't open it.
The robber then fled on foot behind the building.
The 60-year-old clerk was taken to a Buffalo hospital as a precautionary measure after the robbery was reported, police said.