Within minutes of a reported robbery at the Sunoco Gas Station on West Main Street, a Batavia police officer reported taking a suspect into custody on Dellinger Avenue.
The initial report had a man who may have displayed a gun running from the store wearing a red coat and black mask.
UPDATE 11:04 p.m.: Officers on scene confirmed the suspect did use a gun and a gun was recovered. No word on how much money was taken. Officers recovered what appeared to be garments the suspect discarded as he ran from the store, including a red sweatshirt, black ski mask and sunglasses. Deputy Chris Erion was quickly on scene with his K-9 "Destro." Destro tracked the suspect's path and located what officers believed to be the demand note used by the suspect. The robbery was dispatched to Batavia PD patrols at 9:50 p.m. and an officer reported the suspect in custody at 9:53 p.m. The name of the suspect won't be released until after his arraignment in City Court.
Notes: Destro, you may remember, is new to the force. While he has worked to help track a possibly missing person, Erion confirmed this is the first time Destro has tracked a suspected criminal and helped find evidence. Also, since Thursday, we've had, in the city, a burglary in progress, a bank robbery and now this armed robbery and in all three cases suspects were apprehended quickly by local law enforcement (State Police assisting Batavia PD on the bank robbery).
Top photo, Sgt. Chris Camp, Deputy Erion and Destro checking out the location on Dellinger of a possible demand note used by the suspect. Photos below: Officer James DeFreze with ski mask and sweater that may have been discarded near the station by the suspect, and the Sunoco station on West Main with Batavia PD, Sheriff's Office and State Police on scene.