An investigation is underway after officers say two people were held at gunpoint during an armed robbery at Wauregan Food Mart in Plainfield Friday morning.
Plainfield Police Department responded to the Wauregan Food Mart on Wauregan Road just before 2 a.m. to investigate reports of an armed robbery.
According to police, the clerk and a witness were held at gunpoint while items were taken from the store.
The clerk who was robbed at gunpoint overnight was actually back to work on Friday. He said that he was scared and told his boss he doesn’t want to work nights anymore.
In surveillance video obtained by NBC Connecticut, you see two people in masks, one carrying a grey tub, enter the Wauregan Food Mart in Plainfield. With a gun to his back, Nirmal Singh, the overnight clerk, got down on the floor. The suspect stood over Singh as he tore cigarettes off a store shelf.
Signh was not allowed to speak on camera but through a translator, told NBC Connecticut that he wasn’t sure if the suspects were going to shoot him or beat him. He said he was scared for his life.
The one customer who was in the store when the robbery occurred laid on the floor as the suspects ransacked the store. The victim declined to comment citing his “family’s safety.” Neither man was hurt.
“That’s crazy. We go here all the time, at night too," said Nicholas Romanchuk, who lives nearby.
The Romanchuks say they usually let their kids walk over from their apartment just feet away.
“I’m like right here. I live right there and that does scare me," Kimberly Romanchuk said.
Wauregan Food Mart employees said the suspects took all of the money out of the cash register and safe along with a box full of cartons of cigarettes. They destroyed the glass display case and left the store looking like an earthquake had hit. One suspect carried out cases of Red Bull, then filled the grey tub with more of the energy drink.
The suspects wore masks and gloves and had on all black, except for their shoes. One wore white shoes with black laces on one foot and red laces on the other. The second suspect wore blue flip-flops. According to the surveillance video, the entire incident lasts less than five minutes and ended when the two suspects got into a white getaway car that pulled up outside the front doors.
This robbery remains under investigation.
Anyone with video surveillance in the area or information regarding the incident can contact Officer Gage Griffin at 860-564-0804 or the anonymous tip-line at 860-564-7065.