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Paper or plastic: Falls police on the lookout for bag-wearing thief

Some robbers wear ski masks. Others pull pantyhose over their heads.

Then there's this guy: A man wearing shopping bags on his head, body, hand and feet is suspected of robbing three stores ā€“ two convenience stores and a doughnut shop ā€“ within 13 hours on Monday, Niagara Falls police said.

The first robbery occurred at 11 a.m. at the Sunoco Mini-Mart, 502 Main St. In that heist, the robber was described as a male who is "very small" in both height and build who was wearing khaki pants, an orange shirt, a winter hat and a plastic shopping bag over the lower portion of his face. He also had a bag over his right hand and was holding "some type of object." He also had plastic bags over his shoes. He was last seen on Fourth Street heading toward Walnut Avenue. Police said he took $300 and two packs of Newport 100 cigarettes.

Then at 8:30 p.m., a 5-foot-3, 150-pound male wearing a green paper shopping bag over his head with holes cut out for eyes tried to hold up a 7-Eleven at 2824 Pine Ave. He was also holding a plastic bag over an object, a plastic bag over his torso and bags covering his shoes, police said. "Nothing was taken in this attempt as the clerk could tell the object in the bag was not a gun and actually came around the counter to confront the suspect who fled down the alley behind the store towards 28th Street," police said in a statement.

Then at midnight, a male in a dark hoodie tied over most of his face with the word MAXX on it robbed Frankie's Donuts, 717 Portage Road. Police said he was wearing light-colored jeans and a plastic bag over his right hand "covering an item the clerk believed to be a handgun." The robber fled with $390, heading north.

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