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Downs Ave convenience store robbed, suspect at large

Town of Dickinson, N.Y. - The man suspected of over a dozen Binghamton area convenience store robberies has apparently struck again. 

Broome County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Mirabito Convenience Store located on Downs Avenue in the Town of Dickinson at 9 a.m. this morning for an armed robbery call.

Police say the suspect, identified as 29-year old Darnell Watson, entered the store, demanded money and forcibly took cash from the clerk saying he had a gun.

Police moved their investigation along Downs Ave with police K-9s leading officers to properties on Tracy and Merrill Streets.

Watson is believed to have committed over a dozen convenience store and mini-mart robberies dating back to September, including one that occurred yesterday at 33 Edwards Street in Binghamton.

Broome County Sheriff's Captain Kate Newcomb says Watson is pushing the boundaries to see what he can get away with.

"When someone is able to pull something like this off, they gain a confidence and maybe even a cockiness about it, so I'm sure that plays into it," said Newcomb.

Newcomb believes Watson has been staying in various places with various people, making it hard to locate him.

He's utilized a gun and a knife, wears a mask, gloves, a dark hoodie and jeans and has always fled on foot.

He's described as a black man standing around 6-foot, 2-inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds.

Store clerks and customers are encouraged to not engage Watson, give him what he wants and try to provide police with an accurate description.

Anyone with information on Watson's whereabouts can call the Broome County Sheriff's Office at 607-778-2053.


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