Tips to the Crimestoppers tipline led to the arrest of a Buffalo man in the July 14 armed robbery of a Grand Island gas station, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Monday.
Michael Church, 39, was arrested July 21 on charges of first-degree robbery, a felony and misdemeanor menacing and petit larceny counts.
A little after 10 p.m. July 14, Crimestoppers reported, a man entered a Mobil gas station at 1837 Love Road. Displaying a black handgun, he demanded cash and was given an unspecified amount by the clerk.
After a $1,000 reward was offered, sheriff's officials said, Crimestoppers received numerous tips which led detectives to a possible suspect in Buffalo. Investigators executed a search warrant at Church's home on Military Road. During the search, detectives said they discovered evidence that allegedly connects Church to the Grand Island armed robbery.
Detectives arrested Church on July 21 at a family member’s residence. On Monday, Church was being held at the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.