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North Winton Residents React to Robbery Arrest

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Residents in the North Winton Road area are reacting to the arrest of Daniel Bovee. This isn't the first time Bovee's been in trouble with the law, and some citizens want to know why he was let back out on the streets.

"This neighborhood was put into havoc. People were scared," Mary Coffee said.

Coffee, a member of the North Winton Village Association, says she's relieved the police arrested Daniel Bovee, the man accused of robbing multiple stores over a 10-day period.

"I would say we have the best police on the streets on Rochester now that I have ever seen," Coffey said.

Bovee's criminal record stems back to 1998 when he was convicted of 2nd degree robbery; considered a violent crime.

Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Bill Gargan says Bovee also has three charges currently pending from October. Bovee has one grand larceny charge for allegedly robbing a bank and stealing more than $3,000. He's also accused of robbing Norton Cleaners, for which he has two counts of 3rd degree robbery.

Bovee was originally held on $20,000 cash bail, but a judge released him in December.

"On the date of December 8, 2010, before Judge Marks in the Judical Diversion Program court, we did oppose any alteration in the bail, but it is ultimately is the judicial discretion," Gargan said.

"When they do make arrests, our judges just roll them over and they come back out. I think we need to hold our judges accountable. That they make sure they stay in jail," Coffey said.

Coffey believes the robbery spree wouldn't have happened if judges were tougher on crime.

"I think that when the people of Rochester vote for a judge they should really find out, 'is this judge tough on crime,'" Coffey said.

Coffey said the North Winton Village residents work hard to keep their neighborhood on the up and up and she wants to keep it that way.

"Most of the people in Rochester are good people. We have a small fraction that are holding this city at bay," Coffey said.

Bovee is expected to be arraigned Saturday morning in City Court.

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