Two Valero gas stations, one in Niagara Falls and another in Sanborn, were robbed by a masked man within hours of each other late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday a man dressed in black with a black mask covering his face came into the Valero station at 4708 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls, threw a bag on the floor and demanded cash. The clerk said the man displayed a revolver and struck him in the face multiple times. The suspect was described as approximately 6 foot, 2 inches, 240 pounds. Police found a black glove just outside the store. Approximately $200 was stolen, police said.
At about 1:20 a.m. Thursday, a man entered the Sanborn Family Mart and Valero gas station at 2939 Saunders Settlement Road wearing a white hockey mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt, maroon pants and a brown jacket.
The suspect, who did not display a weapon, demanded the clerk hand over all the money and two packs of Newport cigarettes. The suspect fled with about $100 in cash and two packs of cigarettes.
A witness who saw the man flee told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that he saw the man fall in a ditch as he fled. Deputies found a black baseball bat near Cambria-Wilson Townline Road and a black sneaker and a black hat believed to have belonged to the suspect near Niagara County Community College property.