Pair of 16-year-olds allegedly robbed Patriot Gas convenience store

📸 Surveillance camera images provided by Dudley Police Department

DUDLEY — Two Connecticut teens have been arrested in connection to a local convenience store armed robbery earlier this week.

Connecticut State Police arrested the pair of 16-year-old juveniles, one male and one female, after they were identified as the suspects in the July 30 robbery of the Patriot Gas convenience store on West Main Street in Dudley. That armed robbery occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m., and the robbers managed to obtain an undisclosed amount of cigarettes and cash before fleeing on foot in an easterly direction.

The 16-year-old male is a Hamden, Conn., resident, while the 16-year-old girl is believed to reside in Canterbury, Conn. As juveniles, their names have not been released. According to a statement issued by the Dudley Police Department, both suspects “were listed as being in Connecticut State custody at the time of” the armed robbery.

According to WINY 1350am, a radio station in Putnam, Conn., the arrests came as Connecticut State Police were investigating an armed robbery in East Hampton, Conn., about 50 miles southwest of Dudley. Around 6 p.m. on Thursday, WINY reported on Friday, State Troopers on Route 2 located a pickup truck that matched one believed to be associated with the East Hampton robbery.

“Troopers attempted to stop the truck, however, the operator engaged the troopers in a pursuit, which ended in Norwich,” reported WINY. “The two occupants of the truck, which were later determined to be juveniles, attempted to flee from the vehicle, however, were both taken into custody after a brief foot chase.”

The truck was reported stolen out of the town of Hamden, Conn., on July 27, WINY reported. The radio station also noted Connecticut State Police believe the suspects attempted to commit an armed robbery on Creative Interiors on Westminster Road in Canterbury, Conn., earlier Thursday, and reportedly confessed to being involved in several other robberies in northeastern Connecticut and at the Dudley convenience store.

Police said the two suspects will face charges in Connecticut in connection with several robberies there and returned to Massachusetts at a future date to face charges of armed robbery while masked, and other offenses.

According to the Dudley Police Department, evidence recovered from the suspects included clothing, masks, and a silver and black pellet pistol.

“The Dudley Police wish to thank the members of the Connecticut State Police for their work on this matter,” read a statement from the Dudley Police Department. “Also, thanks go out to the many residents and businesses who assisted with video evidence and information which led toward identifying these individuals.”

Police said Officer Tyler Smith was the lead investigator in this case, with a number of other officers assisting.

“It was a great example of solid police work by many officers from multiple departments, working in collaboration with the community to solve a series of serious crimes,” read the DPD statement. “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.”

This article was last updated at 10:45 a.m. on August 2, 2019.

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