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Gas Station Robbery Suspect Appears in Court

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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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