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May 6, 2013

State Police catch Sunoco robbers

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A pair of men trying to get away with robbing a Lockport gas station have been caught, New York State Police reported today.

Danny P. Merritt, 33, of Union Street, Lockport and Glenn L. Helwig, 63, of Garden Street, Lockport were both charged with first-degree robbery and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

State Police said late Sunday a man entered the Sunoco Gas Station on the corner of Transit Road and Robinson Road and demanded money from the clerk. A knife was threatened but not displayed, troopers reported. 

The man made off with an undetermined amount of money and fled the scene with another suspect who was waiting outside in a vehicle. The clerk was able to provide to responding State Police troopers a description of the suspect and vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped shortly afterwards by Lockport Police and Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies on Lincoln Avenue in the City of Lockport.

Merritt and Helwig were taken into custody without incident. The pair was turned over to the State Police, who are handling the investigation. At the time of their arrest they were found in possession of a small amount of suspected crack cocaine.

Merritt and Helwig were arraigned in Lockport Town Court before Justice Tilney and remanded to the Niagara County Jail with bail set at $20,000 cash and $40,000 bond.