ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two men were arrested in Albany in connection with a string of armed robberies dating back to late 2012.
Albany Police say 22-year-old Jahaad Heath and 21-year-old Aaron Jeffrey are responsible for a string of robberies in the city.
On Nov. 12, 2012, police say the two robbed Sham Candy and Grocery on Central Avenue, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money. More than a month later, they went after a Stewarts on Henry Johnson Boulevard according to police. Authorities noted that just like the previous incident, the two came in demanding cash with one of them holding a shotgun or rifle.
On Wednesday night, authorities said the two men tried unsuccessfully at another Stewarts on Central Avenue.
"Two men walked into the store armed with what appeared to be a shotgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk at the store was able to notify police, at which point the suspects fled the store without getting any money," said Albany Police Spokesperson Steve Smith.
Thanks to information from witnesses, an hour and a half later an officer stopped a vehicle around Central and Henry Johnson and took both men into custody.
Heath has been charged with two counts of Robbery 1st, two counts of Robbery 2nd, and two counts of Conspiracy 4th.
Jeffrey's charges are three counts of Robbery 1st, three counts of Robbery 2nd, three counts of Conspiracy 4th, and three counts of Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st.
And authorities say the charges won't stop there.
"Both suspects have been tied to several commercial robberies not only in the City of Albany but also in the Town of Colonie and the Village of Menands. So it was a collaborative effort to try and get these two guys," said Smith.
Police said they did recover a shotgun which is believed to have been used in the robberies.
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