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Grand Island man admits role in robberies

A robber charged with a series of crimes in the northern suburbs and Buffalo between Jan. 20 and Feb. 8 pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday in State Supreme Court.

Charles Henry, 43, of Grand Island admitted to one count of attempted robbery in the second degree and one count of robbery in the third degree before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. Henry robbed Harry’s Gulf Mart on Delaware Street in Tonawanda of $250 on Jan. 20, showing a hammer as a weapon. He went into Summit Federal Credit Union on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo on Feb. 8 and passed a teller a note claiming he had a bomb. He escaped with $10,000, but was arrested later that day and the money was recovered.

The plea covers five robberies committed in Kenmore, the Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and Buffalo. Henry, who remains jailed, has two prior robbery convictions. He faces a minimum of 12-years to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 3.