LOCKPORT – James A. Connell, 36, of Bellreng Drive in the Town of Niagara, was arraigned in Niagara County Court Tuesday on an indictment charging him with robbing a 7-Eleven store on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls of $55 on June 30 while armed with a knife.
Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Connell, who pleaded not guilty, also is charged with stealing more than $2,000 worth of electronics merchandise from the Kmart store on Military Road in the Town of Niagara on Nov. 17.
Connell, charged with first- and third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail set by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. A trial is tentatively scheduled for June 10.
Both crimes occurred while Connell was on a one-year conditional discharge for attempted second-degree robbery: the theft of a shotgun and a marijuana “bong” from a man on July 6, 2010, in an apartment on Packard Court in the Falls.