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More charges for Webster woman accused of armed robbery spree

Posted at: 12/06/2012 2:53 AM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 7:59 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

nullMore charges against a Webster woman who police say went on a robbery spree over the weekend, armed with a shotgun.

Police say 55-year-old Barbara Cotie robbed a Pizza Hut in Penfield over the weekend. On Thursday, police say she also robbed the Kittleberger Florist Shop and the Mark's Pizzeria in Webster over the weekend. They arraigned her on the new charges Thursday afternoon.

Barbara Cotie is facing a number of charges, some of which are felonies, including robbery, attempted robbery and grand larceny. According to the court paperwork, Cotie is accused of robbing Mark's Pizzeria last Thursday and attempting to rob Kittleberger Florist Saturday. Employees told police they were afraid they would be shot and one even fear she would be killed.

Security cameras caught this woman robbing Mark's Pizzeria on East Main Street in Webster just before 10:00pm last Thursday. Police say it is 55-year-old Barbara Cotie. According to court paperwork, Cotie came into the store and demanded money, taking more  than $1,000 in cash and a bank bag that included a check from a local church. The cashier working that night told police the woman pointed a gun and robbed her.

The cashier said, “When this happened and the lady pointed her gun at me, I was terrified and thought I might die. I have never been so scared in my life.”

Lt. Michael Chiapperini, Webster Police Department, said, “Anytime someone had a weapon with them, we have to assume they are dangerous. That'sn why we encourage people to cooperate and call the police.”

Police say the attempted robbery charge comes from Saturday when they believe Cotie tried to rob Kittleberger Florist in Webster just after 5pm. She had nothing to say to News10NBC's cameras outside of court Thursday. Court paperwork says she approached an employee in the parking lot and demanded money inside the store. The employee told police she told the woman she didn't have keys.

Cotie is also accused of robbing a Pizza Hut in Penfield later that same night. Police say that's what led to her arrest.

Lt. Chiapperini said, “One of our officers was heading to the robber, know the description and saw a woman in a car that matched that description, it was just good police work.”

The court appearance was little confusing. Cotie didn't enter a plea on these charges and that's because neither the defense attorney or prosecution was able to come to the arraignment. The case was presented to the grand jury, they have charged her with at least one felony. Now the case will be moved to a higher court. The court date hasn't been set yet though.

The judge set a $20,000 cash bail, but she is also being held on bail for the charges in the Penfield robbery and that bail is set at $100,000.