SOUTHINGTON - Two men were arrested Monday in connection with an early morning armed robbery at a local convenience store.
Local police said an officer in Middletown arrested Shawn Mullaly, 43, of Cromwell, and Franklin Brown, 60, of Middletown, after finding evidence linking them to the crime in plain view in their vehicle.
Southington police said they were called to the Food Bag convenience store, 960 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, around 3 a.m. on the report of an armed robbery.
According to police, a suspect, carrying a knife, entered the store wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage mask. He went behind the counter and told the clerk to open the register, grabbing $114 and some Newport cigarettes before fleeing the store.
No injuries were reported.
Local police relayed the information about the robbery to other area departments before an officer in Middletown spotted the suspect vehicle and pulled it over.
The officer reported seeing a knife and cash in plain view. In the pile of cash, police found a bill that matched one taken i8n the robbery, police said. The store had kept its serial number on file in case it was ever stolen.
Officers also found a mask that appeared similar to the one used during the robbery. Both men in the vehicle, Mullaly and Brown, were arrested.
Mullaly faces charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree threatening, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace.
Brown has been charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.
Both are being held on $50,000 bond and were expected to be arraigned later Monday in Bristol Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.