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Man arrested for burglarizing grocery store in downtown Syracuse

Dashawn Gainey arrested for burglarizing grocery store in downtown Syracuse (Syracuse Police)

A man was arrested in connection to a burglary of a grocery store in Syracuse.

According to Syracuse Police, officers responded to the Downtown Grocery Store, located at 353 S. Warren Street, around 12:13 a.m. on Tuesday in regards to a burglary investigation.

The owner of the store reported he heard the store's audible burglary alarm and responded to the front entrance of the store, police said.

The owner said he saw the front door was broken and he could see a man inside the establishment. When the suspect left the store, he was carrying a red duffel bag. The owner confronted the suspect, but the suspect fled on foot. The owner and another man then chased after the suspect.

The suspect fell to the ground near Columbus Circle and the victim took the red duffel bag from him. The suspect then threatened both men with a knife and fled the area.

A Syracuse Police officer was able to locate the suspect in the 400 block of Montgomery Street. He was identified as Dashawn Gainey, 29, of Syracuse.

The duffel bag contained 15 packs of Newport cigarettes, 14 lottery tickets, a crowbar and a pair of pliers. The cigarettes and lottery tickets were the items taken from the store.

Gainey was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree, robbery in the first degree, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and petit larceny.

He was lodged at the Onondaga County Justice Center pending his arraignment.

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