Cops Nab Bandit for 5 Easter Weekend Robberies

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:47 AM EDT
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Police say Alexander Molina, 34, is responsible for five robberies on Staten Island over Easter weekend.

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Police arrested the man they believe is responsible for robbing five stores over Easter weekend.

Cops nabbed Alexander Molina, 34, in connection with the robberies -- three on Saturday and two on Sunday -- on Staten Island.
     
Police say Molina targeted delis, grocery stores and a liquor store. In each case, Molina allegedly took an undetermined amount of money from the stores' cash registers.

Molina was charged with six counts of robbery, four counts of criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, one count of burglary and one count of criminal mischief.

It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer, nor when he would be arraigned.

The first robbery happened Saturday morning at a grocery store on Osgood Avenue, when Molina allegedly walked behind the counter acting like he had a gun in his pocket. He demanded money and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Cops say Molina struck again Saturday evening at a deli on Stuyvesant Place, where he walked up to the counter, showed a gun and demanded money before fleeing on foot. Just three hours after the deli robbery, Molina allegedly used the same scheme to rob another grocery store, this time on Clove Road.       

Molina allegedly robbed two more stores on Easter Sunday, targeting a deli on Rhine Avenue just before 5 a.m. and then a liquor store on Vanderbilt Avenue at about 8 p.m.

No one was injured in any of the robberies.

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