Arrests made in Ovid armed robbery

Sheriff Jack Stenberg reports that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people on several charges as a result of an investigation into the armed robbery of the Happy Landing convenience store on Route 96 in the Town of Ovid.OvidOn Sunday, 10/19/08 at about 7:40am the Happy Landing Convenience store was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect armed with a long gun. The suspect, whose face was covered, pointed the gun at the owner and demanded money. He then left the scene with the store cash tray driving a light colored pick up truck. About $500 in currency and coins were taken. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to the scene. Tire mark evidence was documented and video evidence was gleaned from the store’s video security system. Officers canvassed the area. The cash tray was recovered from a back road in the Town of Covert and is being processed for evidence.On 10/22/08 the truck used in the crime was located in the City of Ithaca. Sheriff’s Investigators responded and were assisted by the Ithaca Police Department. The truck was secured and processed. Hair, fingerprints, a coin from the robbery and possible DNA evidence were collected and are being analyzed. Witnesses were located and interviewed on 10/22/08 continuing into 10/23/08. The gunman was identified as: Paul J “P.J.” Weber, age 29 of 8612 Lodi Covert Townline Road Interlaken.OvidOn 10/23/08, at about 1:30pm Weber was taken into custody at a Town of Lodi residence without incident. Weber has been charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Menacing in the Second degree and Petit Larceny. He was arraigned in the Town of Covert Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.Also charged was a female involved in the commission of the Robbery: Joy L. Coil, age 34 of 308 West Seneca Street Apartment 8 Ithaca NY. Coil was in the truck with Weber at the time of the Robbery and assisted with the crime. She was arrested at about 12:00pm on 10/23/08 without incident. She was charged with Robbery first degree and Petit Larceny. She was also arraigned in the Town of Covert Court and was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.The vehicle involved was not owned by the suspects but was borrowed. The owner’s name is not being released at this time.The Ithaca Police Department rendered invaluable assistance with locating the vehicle involved and witnesses. The New York State Police Video Enhancement Unit in Albany rendered valuable technical assistance with processing the video evidence.The investigation into this crime is continuing…

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