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Buffalo man admits holding up West Seneca drug store

A Buffalo man who held up a West Seneca drug store at gunpoint pleaded guilty Monday morning in Erie County Court to first-degree robbery.

James Crawley, 35, has pleaded guilty as charged before Judge Thomas P. Franczyk for the hold-up.

Crawley admitted going into the Rite Aid at 798 Harlem Road on Sept. 6 and pulling a pistol on two employees before stealing $123 from the register.

West Seneca Police Detectives Dan Crowe and Ken Morano publicized a still-frame photo from the store’s surveillance cameras and Crawley was quickly identified. He was arrested eight days later.

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy V. Murray prosecuted the case. Crawley is being held without bail and faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced May 11.