NIAGARA FALLS - Two convenience stores were robbed Monday and someone tried to rob another one, according to city police reports. Two of the incidents happened early in the morning within about 30 minutes of each other, while the third happened in the middle of the afternoon.
The suspects in the first two incidents had identical descriptions, according to police reports.
At 2:35 a.m., officers were called to the 7-Eleven on Pine Avenue at 15th Street after an employee sweeping the parking lot was approached by a man who demanded money from the register inside the store. The suspect had his hand inside his pocket and pointed it at the employee as if he had a gun. The employee told police the suspect threatened to shoot him if he didn't go inside the store to get the money, according to the police report.
The employee told police he refused to go back in the store so he and the man trying to rob the store stood in the middle of the parking lot and looked at each other for about a minute before the suspect ran north behind the store, the report said.
The suspect was described as a white male, about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket with red and white sleeves, dark jeans and white shoes. He had a light blue towel with eye holes over his face.
While police were still at the Pine Avenue scene, an armed robbery was reported at the 7-Eleven on Hyde Park Boulevard near Jerauld Avenue. At about 2:57 a.m., a man with a light blue cloth over his face and carrying a switchblade demanded money from the register. After taking the money, he ran out of the store and then west down North Avenue.
The suspect in the Hyde Park armed robbery was described as 5-foot-9 white male with a medium build. He wore a dark-colored jacket, dark blue jeans, white sneakers and a red, white and blue hat. The light blue cloth covering his face had eye holes, according to the report.
At 2 p.m., a man walked into the 7-Eleven at 6802 Buffalo Ave., put some type of cover or mask over his face and demanded money from the register, according to a report. The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran east toward Buffalo Avenue and then onto 69th Street, witnesses told police.
There was no further description of the suspect in the police report, aside from the man appearing to be a white male.