2006-12-27 / Front Page

Police arrest suspects in credit union holdup, recover $70,000

Amherst police arrested three male suspects after they allegedly held up the Boulevard Credit Union on Friday.

Police were called to the credit union located at 2787 Niagara Falls Boulevard at 10:30 a.m.

The three suspects had entered the credit union with clothing or masks covering their faces. Reports state at least one man was armed with a .45-caliber pistol.

Employees and patrons were ordered to the floor as the suspects gathered money. The suspects exited the business shortly before the officers arrived.

Responding officers, with the assistance of Town of Tonawanda police, set up a perimeter near the credit union and began searching for the three suspects.

Officers Robert Stephens and Todd Homberger apprehended two of the suspects in a wooded area off Niagara Falls Boulevard after they fled the credit union.

Anthony D. Wilson Jr., 19, of Buffalo and Adrian D. Applewhite, 19, of Buffalo were taken into custody at gunpoint. Officer Steven Larwood of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department assisted.

Floyd S. Harper, 24, of Buffalo, was arrested on a side street near the scene. Officer Jeffrey Gilbert stopped a green 1998 Oldsmobile occupied by Harper. He was also taken into custody at gunpoint.

The .45-caliber pistol and more than $70,000 in cash was recovered. The three suspects were charged with first-degree robbery and weapons possession.

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