City Police on Wednesday arrested a 17-year-old they suspect of committing a series of robberies throughout the city over the past two weeks.
Levoster G. Chandler Jr. was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery, both felonies, and petit larceny.
The Gloversville Police Department said that on Nov. 18, The Subway store on Bleecker Street reported its tip jar had been stolen. The responding officer was able to identify Chandler based on surveillance camera images captured at the scene.
On Nov. 26, police responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery at the intersection of North Main and Fremont streets. Police identified Chandler as the alleged perpetrator based on an interview with the victim, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Nov. 30, police responded to a report of another strong-arm robbery, this time near the intersection of North Main Street and Fourth Avenue. Police reviewed city-owned and private security camera footage and again identified Chandler as the alleged suspect, they said.
Gloversville police, with assistance from the department’s detective division, conducted an “extensive search” for Chandler, police said. He was eventually arrested at an address police listed as his home, 108 Washington St. in Gloversville.
At the time of his arrest, Chandler was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a prescription drug. In addition to the robbery and larceny charges, he was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
Police said Chandler was sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 insured bond.
Gloversville Police Capt. Michael Scott said Chandler Jr. has an extensive record of arrests for crimes such as drug possession, disorderly conduct and robbery. He was most recently arrested Nov. 18 — the same day the tip jar was stolen — on a charge of disorderly conduct. He was found to be in possession of a pellet gun during that arrest.