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LEWISTON POLICE RECOVER LOOT FROM AMMEX ROBBERY

The money stolen in Sunday night's armed robbery at the Ammex duty-free shop at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge has been recovered, town police Cpl. Alan Baird said Monday.

Baird said the exact amount was not determined, but an initial Lewiston Police report estimated it at $25,000, a spokeswoman said.

The money, in a pillowcase, was dropped behind the rest room building adjacent to the store when the robber was confronted by a U.S. Secret Service agent. Baird said that agent happened to be at the U.S. Customs office on another matter, and a person who ran from the store alerted him to the robbery in progress.

Baird said the agent ran to the store and then saw the robber heading behind the rest rooms. Baird said the agent saw the robber with a gun in his hand, and fired one round at the robber, missing him before the suspect scaled a fence and escaped. Contrary to earlier reports, the robber apparently did not fire.

Besides the money, the robber's sunglasses also were recovered from behind the restroom, and Baird said an item of clothing was also found outside the store.

Early Monday, the Erie County Sheriff's Department helicopter infrared unit found a couple of "hot spots" where the man had been, in Gate of Heaven and Riverdale cemeteries. Bloodhounds from the Niagara Falls Police Department and Niagara County Sheriff's Department also followed scents to those locations.

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