Investigators believe a man suspected of robbing a Binghamton liquor store may be responsible for as many as 15 local heists in recent months.

Binghamton Police Department
Binghamton Police Department

Authorities say 31-year-old Christopher J. Walsh was taken into custody shortly after a robbery at Leroy Package Store on the West Side Tuesday night.

Police say Walsh was driving a car at a high rate of speed on Laurel Avenue. An officer pursued the vehicle, which eventually stopped at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets.

Walsh was taken into custody after a brief struggle with police officers.

Police chief Joseph Zikuski said a search of the car Walsh was driving turned up $450 in cash, a BB gun, a face mask, gloves and sunglasses.

Video from the liquor store robbery shows a man wearing a mask, gloves and sunglasses.

Walsh has been charged with robbery in connection with the Tuesday night heist. He also was charged with two more robbery counts for incidents last month at a convenience store at 210 Court Street and the Smokers Choice store at 42 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Walsh was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and sent to Broome County Jail.

Zikuski said Walsh has admitted to committing four robberies. The police chief said investigators believe Walsh may be responsible for about 15 of the nearly two-dozen store robberies in Broome County since November.

Mayor Richard David commended the police department on the arrest and for the work investigating the recent series of robberies.

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