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Gas Station Robbery Suspect Appears in Court


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — A woman accused of robbing two Chicopee gas stations has appeared before a judge.

25-year-old Leigha Neiford was arraigned Monday morning in Chicopee District Court. She was arrested early Sunday morning after West Springfield Police put the alert out to Chicopee Police to be on the lookout for a red Ford Escort with a suspect inside that tried to rob a West Springfield CVS.

Chicopee Police say surveillance video shows Neiford leaving the Shell gas station on Grove St. Thursday night right after robbing it.

Vyas Demin was the clerk she held up. “I was standing over that counter. The lady came in with a white towel. I can’t see who it was. She came inside and said ‘Give me the money.’ I thought she was kidding. That’s why I said ‘What did you say?’ She said, ‘Give me the money’. I was scared,” recalled Demin.

Cops believe Neiford is also responsible for robbing the Pride station on Burnett Road Wednesday night.

She allegedly confessed to six robberies, including three in Springfield, but it’s unclear if that includes two early on Saturday morning. Around 3:00 a.m., a woman held up a Springfield Street 7-Eleven with a box cutter.

Police believe that same woman then showed up at the Page Convenience Store in Springfield around 5:30 Saturday morning trying to rob this store.

The manager says this is the first time anything like this has ever happened.  “The person talks to my employee. After that, one lady comes with the box cutter, and tries to say ‘Give me money, Give me money.’ My customer tried to get a chair and put it in her face,” said the store’s manager, Piysh Patel.

Neighford is being charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of unarmed robbery, along heroin possession. She is being held on $50,000 cash or $500,00 surety until a court hearing next Monday.

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  • Misses_ES

    I agree with one thing her mom is saying here, I dont believe anyone should have to bury their own child. HOWEVER, if everyone here is ignorant for posting things about your daughter, you’re ignorant for posting comments trying to defend her. I understand thats your daughter but defending her on a news post isn’t getting her the help she needs. So while we ALL get up off this news site and try to find something better to do other than posting comments on wggb, you need to get up off facebook and find a BETTER way to help your daughter. K bye.

  • jmac610

    Haha this isn’t a mistake. A mistake would have been keeping the extra change if the cashier handed her more. She went and robbed multiple stores. MAYBE it was a mistake after the first one but not after the sixth. Ignorant!

  • Misses_ES

    Its not a mother’s job to defend her daughter on facebook. Thats what you call a “keyboard gangster” or whatever. If her mom was really trying to defend her and if there was really a purpose to your emotional caps lock story up there (that I didn’t finish reading cuz it was an emotional grammar wreck) then you BOTH would be defending her in court, in real life, in the streets, etc. NOT ON THE COMPUTER! I never said anything ignorant about her and her addiction but you and her mom can “keyboard defend” her all you want. It wont change what she did or that she does drugs. Go make a real damn change and then you can post emotional caps lock stories all you want. On a side note, I hope she does get better cuz its defintely possible. But i’ve never heard of a facebook post helping an addict recover. Just saying. Anyway I’m done here hope all you my fellow “ignorant ppl” have a nice day lol ;) bye.

  • dizmo12

    just want 2 let every1 know she broke into my house and took things tht i will never get back i dont care what the reason is…..but she shd be put on and island and forgot about…. what she did 2 me and my house and every1 elses is unforgivable….watch out girl my peeps got eyes on YOU!!!!!!!!!