- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have charged two men believed to have pulled off more than 20 armed robberies at convenience stores and other businesses in the Buffalo area during a five-week period.

Police in the suburban town of Cheektowaga say they arrested a 29-year-old Amherst resident and a 45-year-old Lockport man around 1:30 a.m. Thursday after a gas station was robed for the third time in recent weeks.

Officials say the two men are believed to have pulled similar robberies at businesses in Amherst, Wheatfield, Medina, Tonawanda and other jurisdictions.

Police say no one was hurt during the string of robberies, which began Christmas Eve.

The two men are being held in jail after being charged with robbery, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of stolen property.