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TWO ACCUSED OF HOLDUP NETTING ONLY LUNCH BAG

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the robbery at gunpoint of employees of Tractor Supply, 6017 S. Transit Road.

Police said the robbers ended up with an employee's lunch bag, rather than the night deposit bag they were after.

Two employees said they had just closed up at 8:30 p.m. Monday when two men approached them in the parking lot, demanding the night's deposit.

After grabbing a blue bag -- which turned out to be a lunch bag -- from one of the employees, both suspects fled, said Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Christopher Carlin.

He said with the assistance of State Trooper Charles Middlebrook, the suspects were quickly apprehended on Robinson Road.

David Lee Nelson, 21, of Washington Heights, and Marcus L. Antoine, 25, of Corinthia Street, were each charged with first- and second-degree robbery.

They were arraigned before Town Justice Leonard G. Tilney Jr. and remanded to Niagara County Jail; Nelson on $10,000 bail or $20,000 property bond and Antoine on no bail. They are to appear in Town Court at 10 a.m. Thursday.

ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY OF CLARENCE ANTIQUE STORE

A Williamsville man was arrested in connection with a break-in at a Clarence antique store where about $15,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, state police said Tuesday.

Stephen J. Freeburg, 42, of Kings Trail, was charged Sunday with burglary and possession of stolen property.

State police from the Troop A in Batavia said the burglary occurred at Antiques at the Glencroft, 10210 Main St., on July 18.

Additional charges are pending in Amherst on forgery charges.

Troopers said a search of Freeburg's home yielded information about several burglaries in the Town of Hamburg.

Police said the information led to the discovery of about $25,000 in stolen property.

Freeburg was arraigned in Alden Town Court and is held in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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