SARATOGA SPRINGS — A 37-year-old Ballston Spa man was arrested in connection with a string of robberies that recently occurred in Saratoga Springs.
Justin P. Rock was charged with four felony counts of robbery in the first degree. He is suspected of stealing cash from four city establishments between Saturday Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 21 while implying that he had a gun. No gun was reported being observed in any instance, according to Saratoga Springs Police.
Rock was taken into custody shortly following a fifth reported robbery, which allegedly occurred late Tuesday afternoon at Midtown Wine & Spirits on Milton Avenue in the village of Ballston Spa.
The times and locations of the four Saratoga Springs incidents:
• Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. at Super Smoke N’ Save at 109 West Ave.;
• Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:45 a.m., XtraMart at 154 South Broadway;
- 4:22 p.m., I Love NY Pizza at 26 Congress St.;
- 4:30 p.m., Post Time Wine & Spirits at 170 South Broadway.
The circumstances in the Ballston Spa heist on Tuesday were similar to the ones in Saratoga Springs, and following a collaborative effort of law enforcement in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, as well as the county Sheriff’s office and State Police, Rock was located at a residence on East High Street.
Rock was arraigned on the Saratoga Springs charges and sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail. Charges from the Ballston Spa incident are pending.