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3 businesses hit Tuesday in unrelated robberies

Cheektowaga police were investigating three unrelated robberies of businesses that took place within a 12-hour period Tuesday.

"Three in a day? For Cheektowaga, that's a little heavy," Capt. John Glascott said Wednesday.

The first took place at 6:50 a.m., when a man in a gray coat with a basketball emblem and a black and white baseball cap walked into the Wilson Farms at 1055 Walden Ave. and began making small talk with the store employees. He then demanded money and fled on a bicycle.

At 9:27 a.m., a man in a black hooded sweat shirt and scarf "vaulted" his way over a counter to the teller area of First Niagara Bank, 570 Dick Road, police said in a statement.

The robber pushed a teller, grabbed money from several cash drawers, jumped back over the counter and fled in a car that was waiting for him.

Witnesses said the robber may have hurt his leg when he jumped over the counter, and police believe he could be walking with a limp.

At 5:18 p.m., a man entered the Wonder Hostess shop, 2377 Harlem Road, made a small purchase and then waited outside until all the other customers left. He then came back inside, approached an employee and put the worker into a chokehold, police said.

Police said the man forced the worker to open a cash register, then leaned over the counter to grab some cash. He fled on a mountain bike.

Glascott said descriptions of the thieves do not match and there is likely not any connection among the three incidents.

Anyone with any information about the robberies is asked to call Cheektowaga Police Detective Division at 686-3505.

e-mail: mbecker@buffnews.com

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