Two men, one each from Schenectady and Watervliet, face robbery counts, suspected in a string of Albany-area robberies in which a long gun was displayed, police said.
Charged were Aaron Jeffrey, 21, of 73 Lindon Ave., Schenectady, and Jahaad Heath, 22, of 11A Early Dr., Watervliet.
Jeffrey faces charges in connection with each of three robberies, Heath with two of them.
Police also suspect the two in robberies in Colonie and the village of Menands, police said. No charges have been filed related to those cases.
The case began in November, when Sham Candy and Grocery, 123 Central Ave., was hit.
The store was robbed late on Nov. 12, with the clerk telling police that two men entered the store with a rifle or shotgun and demanded money. The clerk handed over the cash and the suspects fled.
Then, late on Dec. 28, the same men hit the Stewart's at 542 Central Ave., police said. The clerk there reported two men robbing the place also with what appeared to be a rifle or a shotgun. They demanded money and then fled with the cash.
It was after a third incident, late Wednesday night, that the men were caught. Then, two men were reported to have attempted a robbery at the Stewart's at 204 Henry Johnson Blvd., also with what appeared to be a shotgun or a rifle. The clerk, though, quickly called police and the suspects fled before getting any cash.
Shortly afterward, armed with information from the latest incident, police stopped a car at Central Avenue and Henry Johnson Boulevard at about 1 a.m., about 90 minutes after the robbery attempt.
Inside the car were Heath and Jeffrey; both were soon charged
Heath faces two counts each of first- and second-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy. He is charged in connection with the November robbery and the January Stewart's incident.
Jeffrey faces three counts each of first- and second-degree robbery, fourth-degree conspiracy and first-degree criminal use of a firearm. He is charged in all three robberies.
Police also recovered a .410-gauge shotgun believed to have been used in the heists.
Both men were arraigned and ordered held.