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Phelps robbery, manhunt suspect indicted, under mental health observation

The Lyons man accused of robbing a Phelps convenience store has been indicted by an Ontario County grand jury, but his case will not proceed until he is declared mentally competent.

Brandon Burgess, 28, was recently indicted on felony counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, tampering with physical evidence, and third-degree criminal mischief.

All the charges are related to the alleged Sept. 17 robbery of the 7-Eleven off Route 14 in Phelps. Police said at about 3:30 a.m. that day, Burgess displayed what appeared to be an assault-style rifle and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

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