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2 CORRECTIONS OFFICERS HELD IN STORE ROBBERY CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE CLAIM PAIR GRABBED $70,000 FROM AM&A'S

Two state corrections officers were arrested late Thursday in a $70,000 robbery at the AM&A's store in the Thruway Plaza two weeks ago.

Corrections Officers John L. Elliott, 40, of McKinley Parkway and Glenn J. Kuhlmey, 37, of Marrano Parkway, Cheektowaga, were each held in lieu of $15,000 bail today.

They were arraigned before County Judge John V. Rogowski on armed robbery and weapons counts in the June 17 stickup.

Kuhlmey was working as a private security guard in the AM&A's store when he and Elliott allegedly held up two female employees in a second-floor business office, according to Cheektowaga police.

Neither worker was injured.

Elliott and Kuhlmey are both employed at the state Corrections Department's Lakeview Shock Incarceration unit in Brocton.

Lt. Richard Chamberlin of the Cheektowaga Detective Bureau credited Detectives Floyd Lukowski and Dennis Gibbs with cracking the case and said the two arrested the suspects Thursday evening at their homes.

The two suspects were indicted by an Erie County grand jury Thursday afternoon.

Chamberlin, Lukowski and Gibbs declined to comment on how two men were linked to the crime but confirmed that one of the bandits dropped a .38-caliber revolver near a first-floor door moments after the stickup. The $70,000, which represented three days of sales receipts at the store, which is scheduled to close in about a month, has not been recovered. Chamberlin said an investigation is continuing.

Attorneys for the two suspects were trying to arrange bail today, court officials said.

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