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Store robbed in Ripley

Sheriff’s department asks for help finding person responsible

September 6, 2011
By Andrew Carr
RIPLEY — An armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money after holding up a store in Ripley on Tuesday.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crime, which occurred at the Stateline Grocery Store, 10765 Route 20, Ripley at 9:44 p.m.

“A suspect entered the store and robbed her (the clerk) at gunpoint,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace.

Gerace said the clerk was the only person in the store at the time.

The robber is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, between 5 feet, 3 inches and 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a slim build. According to police, the suspect was wearing a black baggy hoodie, a black flat-rimmed baseball cap and a dark-colored backpack.

The suspect allegedly displayed what appeared to be a silver colored semi-automatic handgun.

“He brandished a firearm, a silver-colored semi-automatic handgun,” he said.

After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect then fled the store in an unknown direction.

“We are looking for the public’s help in this,” said Gerace. “It is a very serious violent crime and we will be investigating it and hopefully will be able to apprehend the suspect.”

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Sgt. Investigator Peter Pett or Investigator Nick Sobecki at the Sheriff’s Office at 753-4232, 753-2131 or WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or All calls will remain confidential.

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