Arrest in one Utica robbery, hunt continues in second heist

An Oneida man is charged with robbing a Dollar General in east Utica early Friday after a witnesses followed the fleeing suspect and called 9-1-1.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate an unrelated robbery at the Ridgewood Market in south Utica.

Police said Thomas Stabb, 32, of Garfield Avenue, went to the Dollar General on Mohawk Street at about 8 a.m. and approached a female clerk from behind while she was opening the store. Police said Stabb threatened the woman with an unknown object and demanded money.

A witness nearby yelled at the man that she had called the police, prompting Stabb to flee the scene, authorities said. Another witnesses was stopped at a red light nearby and he followed the fleeing stab and called for help.

Officers arrived and were able to take Stabb into custody with help from the witness who followed him. Stabb is charged with third-degree robbery, a class D felony, police said.

No arrests have been made at a robbery at the Ridgewood Market from Thursday night.

Police said a masked man entered the store at about 7 p.m. and threatened the clerk with a handgun. Police said the thief fled the store a short time later, but did not take any money. The thief was last seen running south on Oneida Street.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery at the Ridgewood Market is asked to call Utica Police at 223-3510. All calls will be kept confidential.