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Buffalo man accused of robbing 3 banks, setting fire

A  Buffalo man accused of robbing an Amherst bank early in January is also charged with robbing two banks in Buffalo and with setting a fire, officials of the Erie County District Attorney's office confirmed Thursday.

Samuel Roberts, 21, of Stockbridge Avenue, who has been in custody for the last week for the Jan. 5 holdup at the M&T Bank branch at 3500 Main St., Amherst, was charged with robbing two Buffalo banks - a Jan. 3 robbery of the Key Bank branch at 3134 Bailey Ave. and a Jan. 5 robbery of a Key Bank branch at 274 Elmwood Ave.

He is awaiting sentencing on his plea to a reduced misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge in a fire last July at a Bailey Avenue house in Buffalo. He was accused of pouring gasoline in the house and on the sidewalk in front of it after having a disagreement with other persons in that residence. He was originally charged with arson in that case. According to officials, Roberts had been scheduled to be sentencing late last year, but on Dec. 20 a bench warrant for his arrest was issued because of his failure to show up in a Buffalo court.

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