Ballston Spa man arrested in Saratoga Springs robberies; Caught after another robbery in the village, police say – The Daily Gazette

BALLSTON SPA — Police arrested a man in connection with a series of robberies at stores in Saratoga Springs, while investigating a fifth at Ballston Spa on Tuesday, police said.

Police arrested Justin P. Rock, 37, of Ballston Spa, and charged him with four counts of first-degree robbery, felonies, Saratoga Springs police said.

He was arrested late Tuesday afternoon at Ballston Spa, after a similar robbery at Midtown Wine & Spirits, 77 Milton Ave., police said.

Ballston Spa police responded to Midtown just before 5 p.m. Tuesday for a robbery similar to the four in Saratoga Springs, police said.

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Ballston Spa Police, as well as Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputies, State Police and Saratoga Springs Police all quickly became involved, police said.

They then quickly found Rock at a residence on East High Street in the village and took him into custody.

Rock is charged in each of the four Saratoga Springs robberies with taking money by implying he had a gun. No firearms were seen in either case, police said.

The first Saratoga Springs robbery occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday at Super Smoke N’ Save, 109 West Ave., police said.

Then a second at 1:45 a.m. Monday at XtraMart, 154 South Broadway; Third at 4:22 p.m. Monday at I Love NY Pizza, 26 Congress St.; Fourth at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Post Time Wine & Spirits, 170 South Broadway, police said.

Rock was arraigned and sentenced to detention without bail.

Charges in the Ballston Spa incident remain pending, police said.

“The Saratoga Springs Police Department would like to thank the cooperative efforts of all law enforcement agencies involved, as well as the public who assisted in the investigative efforts,” police said in a statement.

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