NIAGARA FALLS – Two robberies, one at gunpoint in broad daylight, were reported to city police Tuesday. The heists appear unrelated.
A 25-year old man, a driver for H.W. Bryk and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning, said he was robbed at gunpoint just after 10:30 a.m., as he was making heating service calls in the 300 block of 22nd Street. The man told police he stopped when someone in the street blocked his path. He said that when he rolled down his window to see what was going on, a second person, a man wearing a ski mask, approached his driver’s side door and told him to give him his phone and wallet, or he would shoot him. He said the man appeared to have a black semiautomatic handgun partially hidden inside his sleeve.
The victim said $19 in cash, a debit card and a $50 Gander Mountain gift card were stolen, along with a flip phone and silver metal binder.
One robber, whose face was unrecognizable, wore a light gray jacket with a fur hood and light-colored blue jeans. The one with a gun was a black man, approximately 5-foot-7. He wore a light blue Indianapolis Colts jacket with a horseshoe on the front and emblem on the back, a black knit face mask and prescription glasses on the outside of his mask, the victim told police.
Another robbery was reported at about 8:30 p.m. outside a pizzeria in the 1400 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. The 21-year-old victim said two men approached him, one punched him in the face, and the two stole $137 in cash and a $123 cellphone from his pockets after he fell to the ground.
Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to call police at 286-4547.