Alleged serial criminal could get life sentence

Alleged serial criminal could get life sentence
Posted at 9:26 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 10:26:02-05

An Erie County grand jury has handed up an indictment charging 41-year-old Carmen J. Riggs of Bailey Avenue in the City of Buffalo with three counts of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of false personation.

Surveillance videos reportedly caught Riggs burglarizing three businesses in Buffalo over the summer. In each case, he threw a brick or rock through a window and grabbed a slew of cigarettes cartons.

Police also believe Riggs is also behind the robbery of the M&T Bank located at 788 Tonawanda Street. Surveillance video also captured this crime.

On top of all that, police say Riggs impersonated another man to avoid being arrested. Ironically, the man he attempted to impersonate was already behind bars on unrelated offenses.

If convicted on all charges, Riggs faces up to 28 years in state prison. If found to be a persistent felony offender, Riggs faces a life sentence.




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