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NIAGARA FALLS – A Buffalo Avenue 7-Eleven was robbed at gunpoint Monday night, two hours before four people walking to a convenience store also were robbed by gunmen on 17th Street. The holdups were not related.

In the first robbery, two men wearing hoodies, black gloves and covering their faces grabbed cash and lottery tickets from the 7-Eleven at 6802 Buffalo Ave. just before 11 p.m. Monday, Niagara Falls police reported.

The clerk told police that one man with a handgun jumped up on the counter and repeatedly demanded cash from the register, while another kept watch and took lottery tickets.

Both men were described as white with slender builds. The man with the gun was wearing light blue jeans, a brown zip-up hoodie, white sneakers, black gloves and a black bandana across his nose and mouth. The second man, who did not display a gun, was wearing a maroon hoodie pulled around his face, gray cargo pants and black gloves, according to police who watched security video. Police said they found a brown hoodie, which they suspect was the one seen in the video, and $5 bills while searching the area.

In the second armed robbery, just after 1 a.m. today, four men and women said they were walking to a convenience store when four black men wearing ski masks and dark hoodies approached them in the 700 block of 17th Street and asked for a cigarette. When the victims said they didn’t have any cigarettes, two of the men displayed handguns and demanded that they get on the ground and empty their pockets, police said.

One of the victims told police he was kicked in the face by one of the suspects and told they would kill him if he looked up. The victims handed over four cell phones and a benefit card, according to police.

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