Police: Suspect in custody after armed robberies in Webster and Penfield

Posted at: 12/02/2012 10:46 AM
Updated at: 12/02/2012 9:25 PM

Police say a woman is in custody after she robbed two businesses and attempted to rob a third in Webster and Penfield.

The Webster Police Department says the first robbery happened Thursday night at a Mark's Pizzeria on East Main Street in the Village of Webster where they say a female suspect took cash and other items from the pizzeria. The suspect was caught on surveillance tape during this incident.

Officers say they believe the same suspect then attempted another armed robbery Saturday evening around 5:30 p.m. at Kittleberger Florist on North Avenue in Webster. Police say the female attempted to steal property from the florist, but was unsuccessful and fled on foot.

Police say the same suspect then committed yet another armed robbery around 11 p.m. on Saturday night at a Penfield Pizza Hut near the Penfield-Webster townline. Officers say after this robbery, units observed a female driver matching the suspect's description traveling eastbound on Ridge Road in Webster. Officials say 55-year-old Barbara Cotie, of Webster, was stopped and taken into custody by Webster Police.

Investigators say after the arrest, they recovered items taken during a robbery in Webster and another robbery believed to have occurred in Wayne County.

Neighbors tell News10NBC that Cotie was a rather quiet woman who loved to garden. They say she kept to herself and they are completely shocked over the arrest.

Cotie was charged with robbery and taken to the Monroe County Jail.