ONEONTA – An Otego man charged with attempting to rob Rite Aid was also charged with robbing Walgreens last night, Oneonta police report.
Charles M. Howe, 26, Otego, was arrested after police alleged he entered the Rite Aid at 94 Chestnut St. early this morning, made a purchase and attempted to grab cash out of the drawer.
He fought briefly with the cashier, then fled the scene. A store employee followed Mr. Howe as he exited the store advising responding officers of his direction of flight, police said.
In the course of this investigation, the OPD Detective Division linked Howe to a robbery yesterday at the Walgreens, 99 Chestnut St. Oneonta, in which he is alleged to have grabbed cash in a similar manner.
He was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of Robbery in the third degree, a Class D felony, and two counts of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years incarceration