Updated: 03/29/2014 10:46 AM
Created: 03/28/2014 9:40 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
A robbery suspect says it was all a mistake. He’s accused of stealing money from a local grocery store and scaring customers.
Police say he robbed the Tops in Avon, then drove north and then crashed a car in Gates. The suspect was arraigned in Avon Town Court. He is in police custody.
Police say Tyrellis Austin, of Rochester robbed the Tops in Avon before 9:00 a.m. Friday. He’s accused of going up to the service desk, threatening he had a weapon and taking off with around $1,700.
Jim McDaniel, Avon resident, said, “This is a good town and I would never expect it.”
Darlene Lavilla, Avon resident, said, “Times are hard and people are really low on money and they do desperate things.”
After robbing the grocery store, police say Austin jumped in a car at a high speed and headed toward Monroe County.
Lori Ridley, Rochester resident, said, “He was on the side of the road, going 150 miles an hour. He was gone. He was out. I don’t think anybody knew what was going on until they saw the troopers. It was crazy.”
It appears Austin lost control of a red mustang at the Chili Avenue exit off 390 North in Gates. The car ran off the road and the back of the car hit a tree. Luckily, no one was injured.
Chief Gary Benedict, Avon Police Department, said, “That's the best scenario for us that he was actually apprehended nobody else was hurt."
Police say they were able to recover some of the money from the Tops in Avon. Officials are recommending Austin be held on a $30,000 dollar bond.