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Police: Rotterdam heist suspect made several stops before arrest, including for pizza

Police: Rotterdam heist suspect made several stops before arrest, including for pizza

He has been imprisoned twice before, records show
Police: Rotterdam heist suspect made several stops before arrest, including for pizza
The robbery suspect, later identified as Keith L. Mancini, is arrested in Schenectady.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

ROTTERDAM — Police on Wednesday released more information about the robbery on Tuesday of a Cricket Wireless store, including the route the suspect took in fleeing the scene.

After he forced a store employee into a back room and tied her up with a USB cord, Keith L. Mancini made his way to a nearby pizza shop, where he ordered a taxi cab to take him from the area, police said. He also ordered a slice of pizza, according to Rotterdam police Lt. William Male.

Police later arrested Mancini in Schenectady.

Records obtained Wednesday also show Mancini has been to prison twice before, both times for robbery convictions. 

In connection with this week's incident, Mancini, 43, of 1207 Webster St., faces one count of first-degree robbery, a felony, along with misdemeanor weapons, larceny, menacing and unlawful imprisonment counts.

The incident happened shortly after 11 a.m. at the Cricket Wireless on Altamont Avenue, according to police. Mancini entered the store and started speaking with the clerk before he pulled a knife on her and demanded cash, police said.

After the robbery, Rotterdam street cameras captured images of the suspect as he left the store. The clerk was shaken up, but was not injured.

"He stopped into a couple different businesses," Male said of Mancini's route after the robbery. "Believe it or not, he actually stopped into Four Corners Pizza and had a slice of pizza."

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Police tracked Mancini down using information from the taxi cab company Mancini hired for his getaway, police said.

Mancini's prior robbery sentences originated in Albany County in 2010 and in Kings County in the early 1990s, state corrections records show. 

He received 3.5 to 7 years in 2010 in Albany County for third-degree robbery. 

Mancini was arrested that March in Colonie, accused of attempting to mug a woman who was waiting for a CDTA bus on Route 5. He was armed with a silver knife in that incident, according to newspaper records. The woman screamed and ran away, police said at the time.

Mancini was previously sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for an early 1990s robbery. State corrections listings suggested those robbery convictions occurred when Mancini was 14 or 15 years old, though he was tried and sentenced as an adult.

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