Willimantic Store Robbed Twice in Two Weeks

A Willimantic store has been robbed at gunpoint for the second time in two weeks as police investigate a string of four other potentially connected robberies in the region.

Sam’s Food Store is the fifth robbery of late in eastern Connecticut. Police received a report about an armed robbery there at 4 p.m. on Saturday, cordoning the Main Street store off with police tape as they investigated.

“Upon on arrival, the clerk was uninjured. The clerk tells us a lone male walked into the store pointed a black handgun at him and demanded cash from the register,” Willimantic Police Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Jr. said.

Police said the male robber, who was wearing a black face mask and a yellow or orange jacket, got away with cash.

Sam's was also robbed on New Year’s Day, as was the A-1 Gas station in Willimantic.

Last  week on Saturday, there were two more armed robberies in the region, including at the 7-Eleven in Marlborough and the Mobil Mart in Franklin.

Police are investigating whether the four other robberies are connected. And now they have another robbery to investigate.

“At this point, once again we are treating this robbery separately but they are very similar,” Parizo said.

Police hope to provide surveillance pictures from Saturday’s robbery but said at this point they are not available.

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