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UB dorm robbery report rings false; three charged

What was thought to be a rare and random armed robbery in a University at Buffalo dormitory early Thursday turned out to be three college students robbed of their pot.

The three UB students told police that three men in dark clothing and masks entered their room in Spaulding Hall on the North Campus in Amherst at about 1:55 a.m. and demanded cash.

One of the robbers reportedly pulled up his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a gun, before the thieves left the residence hall with the stolen money.

Further investigation, however, revealed "major discrepancies" in the students' stories.

"They kind of were telling different stories and finally admitted they had been selling drugs and smoking out of that room earlier," said UB Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.

"They admitted they were not robbed of money as they claimed," Schoenle said. "They were robbed of drugs, mostly marijuana, as far as we can determine."

Charged with making a false written statement, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana were: Alexander Kyriacopoulos, 19, of Vorheesville, and David A. Rauch, 18, of Brooklyn. Camilo Friedman, 18, of Ridgewood, also was charged with making a false written statement.

All three have been referred to the Student-Wide Judiciary. In similar cases, students have been suspended from the university, officials said.

Police are still looking for the robbers. Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call University Police Investigations at 645-2228.

News Staff Reporter Janice L. Habuda contributed to this report.