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Two new robbery counts added for heist suspect

Two new robbery counts added for heist suspect

Police: Knife was used to threaten staff during convenience store robberies
Two new robbery counts added for heist suspect
Maurice E. Miller

SCHENECTADY -- A man accused of robbing convenience stores in Schenectady and Rotterdam last week has now been charged with robbing two additional stores, court documents show.

Maurice E. Miller, 30, was arrested Nov. 16, after staff at the Erie Boulevard Sunoco station said a man walked into the store at about 1:30 a.m. and threatened them with a knife before robbing the place. Police spotted Miller, who fit the suspect's description, on Broadway shortly after the robbery, police said. He ran when officers tried to stop him but was caught after a brief chase, they said.

Police in Rotterdam believe Miller was also the person who robbed a Stewart's store there at about 5 a.m. on Nov. 10. A knife was used to threaten staff in that incident, as well, police said.

This week, Miller was charged with robbing the Van Vranken Avenue Stewart's shop the evening of Nov. 7 and the Broadway Dunkin' Donuts on the evening of Nov. 11, according to court documents.

Miller faces a total of four counts of first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies, according to court documents. He was arraigned and sent to jail.

Schenectady police based their charges on video surveillance footage, admissions made by Miller and victim statements, according to court documents.

In the Rotterdam robbery, Miller is accused of confronting two clerks and threatening to kill them both before he made off with $265 in cash, according to court documents. The amount stolen in the Schenectady cases was not disclosed.

The Erie Boulevard Stewart's in Schenectady was also hit the evening of Nov. 9, though Miller has not been charged in connection with that incident; no knife was displayed, and the suspect's coat was described as darker than the coat or coats worn in the Van Vranken and Rotterdam incidents.

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