Police investigating pair of robberies

AMSTERDAM – City police are investigating two store robberies the past two nights.

It is not known if the same suspect or suspects are involved in both robberies, or if they are unrelated, police said.

Police issued a news release indicating officers received a report at 7:15 p.m. Monday of a robbery at the Suman Convenient Store in the Riverfront Center. He said the clerk advised police a man entered the store, demanded money from the register and a carton of Newport cigarettes, while displaying what appeared to be a handgun tucked into his waistband. The man then fled from the store, police said.

The release also said at 3 p.m. Tuesday officers investigated a robbery at Upstate Electronics on Market Street. An employee at the store reported a man entered the business and demanded money, while brandishing a knife. The employee handed over an undetermined amount of cash and suffered a laceration to his hand during a confrontation with the suspect, police said.

The suspect then fled north on Market Street. The victim was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for the injury to his hand, which required six sutures to close the wound, police said.

Both incidents are currently active investigations. Conroy said police are following up on leads at this time and surveillance footage from both incidents is being reviewed. Police are asking anyone with information about the robberies to call the city Police Department at 842-1100.