Southington police did not have to go too far to arrest two teens who are accused of robbing and threatening a victim in the parking lot of the police station.
Southington Police dispatchers were monitoring the video surveillance in the police station’s front parking lot at 6:11 p.m. on Wednesday when they noticed an altercation and asked police to investigate.
As one car left the scene, dispatchers noted the license plate number and alerted officers, who stopped the vehicle at Lazy Lane and Curtiss Street.
Police said the victim had been walking through the parking lot of the police station and two teen followed him, police said.
As the victim got into a car, the robbers approached him, demanded money and threatened to shoot if necessary and kill the victim's family if they were caught.
They tried to go through the victim's pockets, looking for money, but the wallet was in his backpack. When the victim took it out, a juvenile “snatched” the $20 from his hand and the robbers went to a friend’s vehicle in the parking lot, then left the area, police said.
Police said the suspects had been in the parking lot, waiting for their friends to finish with some sort of business inside the police station, when they robbed the victim.
The two other people who were in the car when police stopped it had been at the police station for a different matter and were not aware of the robbery, according to authorities
The victim identified Corey Maerz, 18, of Southington, and a 17-year-old Southington boy as the suspects.
Maerz and the juvenile were arrested, brought to Southington Police headquarters and charged.
The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny. He was transferred to a juvenile detention facility on Wednesday.
Maerz was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Bond was set at $25,000. He is due in court on March 20.