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Buffalo man pleads guilty to robberies of gas stations

A Buffalo man arrested last month for gunpoint robberies of three gas stations in Erie County faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 26, officials said.

Michael Church, 39, pleaded guilty Friday before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to three counts of second-degree robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

On July 14, Church used a gun to hold up a Mobil gas station on Love Road on Grand Island, stealing cash from the register, the DA's Office said.

The next day, Church, armed with an Uzi, robbed a Sunoco station on Union Road in Cheektowaga, stealing money and cigarettes, the DA's Office said. On July 16, he showed a gun while robbing a Sunoco station on Delaware Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, officials said.

Tips from the public led to Church's arrest July 21.

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