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Robbers suspected in series of hold-ups plead guilty

A pair of armed robbers who pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to at least some of the crimes they are suspected of committing face up to 25 years in prison when they are sentenced.

Anderson Arroyo, 30, of Amherst and Timothy Reinard, 45, of Lockport each pleaded guilty before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to two counts of armed robbery in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon.

The men have been jailed since January 2014, when Cheektowaga Police arrested them shortly after 1 a.m., minutes after they held up a NOCO Express store on Transit Road. It was the third hold-up at the store in about three weeks. Police later noted that the crime happened in a matter of seconds, with the robbers clearly experienced at what they were doing.

In the month before the men were arrested, there were 21 armed robberies in the North Towns and western Niagara County, and police agencies suspected at least some if not most were committed by Arroyo and Reinard. They said the men matched the descriptions from the scenes in how they were disguised and how they operated.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.