NIAGARA FALLS - A Niagara Falls man is being held on charges he is connected to two robberies and one attempted robbery at three separate 7-Eleven stores over the past week.
Paul J. Schubert, 21, of Garden Avenue was arraigned in City Court on two felony counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery and was sent to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $65,000 bail.
A 7-Eleven store at 6802 Buffalo Ave. was robbed on Wednesday, and a store at 2620 Niagara St. was robbed last Thursday. Police said Schubert attempted to rob the store at 7610 Buffalo Ave., about an hour and half before the Niagara Street robbery.
In the attempted robbery last week at 7610 Buffalo Ave., the thief never displayed a gun but said he had one. He demanded money and cigarettes, but the cashier immediately hit the panic alarm, which the thief apparently saw, and he fled the store.
A short time later, at about 1:20 a.m., a man entered the 7-Eleven at 2620 Niagara St. Again he said he had a weapon, but did not display one and demanded money and cigarettes. In this case the cashier gave him money and cigarettes, and he fled the store.
Through investigation, detectives were able to identify Schubert as the suspect but were unable to locate and arrest him.
At about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, police said Schubert went into a store at 6802 Buffalo Ave., and said he had a weapon but never displayed one. He demanded money and cigarettes. The cashier gave him money and cigarettes and he fled the store.
He was caught about two hours later by Niagara Falls Police patrol officers and Detective Mark Jaroszewski in a home on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls.
Schubert was taken into custody without incident.