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January 10, 2013

Arrest made in Stewart's robbery

PLATTSBURGH — A Keeseville man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with an early morning Stewart’s robbery.

David A. Brown, 49, was charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to a press release issued by New York State Police Wednesday night.

He was arraigned in the Town of Plattsburgh Court before Town Justice Kevin Patnode and was remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bail bond.

The sole clerk working at the Stewart’s Shop when it was robbed at about 5 a.m. was able to get the plate number from the dark gray 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt used during the crime, according to the release.

The abandoned vehicle was found by police on Pine Street in Keeseville and a State Police K9 unit tracked from the car to Brown’s residence in Keeseville, the release said. Police obtained search warrants for both the vehicle and Brown’s residence.

The robbery came on the heels of another at the Stewart’s Shop in Peru that took place at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Police have no reason to believe the man who perpetrated that crime was the same person who robbed the store at 7137 Route 9 in the Town of Plattsburgh, other than a similar description of the men and the vehicles, Davison said.

But they had not ruled out the possibility of a connection, he said.

Plattsburgh-based State Police continue to investigate and are receiving assistance from the Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team and the Forensic Investigation Unit, according to the release.

HEADED TOWARD CITY

A white male holding what appeared to be a black handgun entered the Stewart’s shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, the store clerk told police.

The man wore a blue or dark-colored bandanna over his face. The suspect in the Peru Stewart’s holdup on the night of Jan. 2 had obscured his face with some kind of black fabric, police said last week.

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