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Niagara Falls police look to bag serial robber seen wearing paper and plastic bags as disguise

Posted at 5:36 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 04:05:29-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Police in Niagara Falls have linked three robberies within a 13-hour period to the same man. Now they're looking to bag him.

Overnight Monday, Niagara Falls police confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News that the man has been seen on surveillance footage wearing plastic bags around his clothes, shoes and hands -- plus a gift bag as a makeshift paper bag mask.

Police said following a robbery at a Sunoco on Main Street Monday morning, he attempted to rob a 7-Eleven on the 2800 block of Pine Avenue Monday night. While inside 7-Eleven, surveillance cameras captured the following image of him.

Then, right around midnight Tuesday, the man struck again at Frankie's Donuts and Pizza on Portage Road, this time getting away with money.

"It doesn't matter how much money he took," said April Hernandez who's father owns Frankie's Donuts. "All that matters is that our employees and customers are safe."

In at least two of the instances, police said he made it seem as if he had a gun under the plastic bag wrapped around his right hand.

Officers found some of the bags outside the crime scenes.

Police said once he is caught, he will at least face a charge of Robbery 3rd.

If you have any information call Niagara Falls Police at 286-4547