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2 charged with robbing store on Main St. in North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two people are facing felony robbery charges after an incident at the Gulf Mart on Main St. in North Tonawanda.

North Tonawanda police say the store was robbed on Wednesday night around 7:30.

At the time, they say a man wearing a black mask displayed a handgun and threatened the clerk while demanding money.

After taking cash, he fled on foot, police say.

Justin Jenkins, 46, and Heather Jenkins, 45, were both charged with robbery. Justin faces additional charges of menacing and petit larceny.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

The mother of Heather Jenkins, Mary James, interviewed with News 4's Rachele Mongiovi outside the courtroom Thursday in North Tonawanda. James says she doesn't believe her daughter was involved in the robbery.

"I don't think Heather had anything to do with any of this. He just took such advantage of her and now she's in this mess and as a mother, I don't know how to get her out and I'm scared for her," said James.

The couple has been married for about a year.

A dozen other armed robberies took place in recent weeks, but it is not clear if they are connected to this.

Multiple agencies, including authorities in the Town of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Amherst, Niagara Falls, Kenmore and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office have been working together in that investigation.


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