HAMBURG — At 1:35 a.m. on Sept. 8, town of Hamburg Police Officer Andrew Hochworter was dispatched to a reported strong arm robbery from Kwik Fill, located at 4909 South Park Ave. in Hamburg.
Patrols were dispatched to look for the reported suspect vehicle, described as white or gray, possibly a Kia Optima.
Hochworter was met by the caller, Matthew Small, on location. The night clerk was the only employee on site, during the incident. Small said that he was smoking outside the store, when a subject ran up to him, grabbed him by the shoulder and said, “Let’s go inside a minute.”
The subject was described by Small as being a white, 6-foot-six-inch male who weighed approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a maroon hoodie, blue or black sweat pants, a black ski mask with one large eye opening and blue, EMS-style latex gloves.
The individual walked Small to the register and told Small to “open the register.” Small complied and gave the subject the approximately $200 from the register.
At no time was a weapon displayed. The subject then left the store.
A witness, Jordan Lindsay, told police that he was pulling into the lot when he saw a subject’s running from the store. Lindsay said that he observed a subject matching Small’s description get into a vehicle and leave the area. The car was parked with no lights on at Howard Road near South Park, according to Small.
The video system showed the subject’s entering the store with Small and standing next to the employee, as the money was placed into a light-colored bag.
A vehicle partially matching the description was located in the area. Small said that none of the individuals in the car matched the description of the suspect.
One of the occupants, Brandan Broadbent, 19, of Hamburg, was found to have an existing warrant and was taken to the Hamburg Police Station. All of the others were released.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the town of Hamburg Police Department’s anonymous tipline, 648-5111 ext. 2847 or ext. 2520.