Man Charged in 2016 and 2017 Robberies at Groton Stop & Shop

Police have arrested a Rhode Island man who is accused of robbing a Stop & Shop in Groton in December 2016 and again in September 2017.

Police responded to Stop & Shop, at 220 Route 12, at 10:41 a.m. on Dec. 6 to investigate a robbery and learned that a man went to the customer service desk and passed a note demanding money to a store employee. He implied he had a weapon, but did not show one, according to police.


The robber ran toward the Gold Star Highway and police said they were looking for a red Ford pickup with damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. No information was available on the license plate.

Then, on Sept. 18, police responded to a robbery at People’s United Bank inside the Stop & Shop after a man demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Detectives later identified 52-year-old John H. Lamotte, of Bradford, Rhode Island as the suspect in both robberies.

Lamotte has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny and fourth-degree larceny.

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