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A second Stewart’s Shop robbed within same week

Police are investigating if incidents are connected

— The armed robbery suspect at the Plattsburgh Stewarts matches the physical description of the robbery at the Peru Stewarts Shop on Jan. 2.

State Police Lieutenant Brent Davison said at both crime scenes the witness description of the getaway car and the suspect are similar.

“The suspect descriptions of approximate weight and height are similar as well as the description of the car, a small dark sedan,” Davison said. “But at this time we have no evidence to say the two robberies are connected.”

According to a release by police, a white male with a black hand gun entered the Stewart’s Shop at 7137 State Route. 9 in Plattsburgh at about 5 a.m. Police said the man was wearing a bandanna over his face demanded money from the clerk. Police said a white-male suspect also covered his face with a dark fabric during the robbery at the Peru Stewarts Shop on Jan. 2. Davidson said this is a common practice in robberies and does not necessarily connect the crimes.

At both crime scenes the suspect stole and undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle traveling towards the city of Plattsburgh.

State Police from Plattsburgh, along with a State Police K9 unit and the Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team and Troop B Forensic Identification Unit, responded to assist at the Plattsburgh robbery.

The car used at the Peru robbery was reportedly a small, dark-colored car with an aftermarket rear wing/spoiler. The car fleeing the Plattsburgh robbery was reported to be a dark colored vehicle traveling towards the city of Plattsburgh.

POSSIBLE SUSPECT IN KEESEVILLE

Police were observed at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning by two Denton Publications employees near a dark colored sedan on Pine Street in Keeseville.

Davison said both the car and driver had similar descriptions to the reported Stewart’s Shop robberies. Though at this time he said the police are still pursuing several other leads.

The police presence on Pine Street had community members actively communicating their questions on social media sites. Keeseville Elementary Superintendent said there were rumors on Facebook.com that the police investigation had led to a lockdown at Keeseville Elementary School. Hulbert said they were in fact only rumors and the police had not been in contact with the school.

Police are asking anyone that has information regarding these crimes are asked to contact the New York State Police in Plattsburgh at 563-3761.

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