Same Robbers Suspected in 2 Smoke Shop Robberies

Two men who robbed the Windsor Smokers Discount with a gun and a knife and assaulted the clerk might have committed another robbery at a tobacco shop in West Hartford and police are trying to identify them.

One of the men had a gun and the other had a knife when they entered the store at 82 Poquonock Avenue in Windsor around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, assaulted the clerk, took all the cash from the register and fled, police said.

The clerk had to be treated for a minor injury.

One of the robbers was around 20 to 30 years old, thin and between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-5. He was clean shaven and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and had the hood over his head, police said.

The other robber is slim, 20 to 30 years old, between 5-feet-2 and 5-feet-6 and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled tight around his face with a mask underneath so that only the area around his eyes was showing.

Police believe the same men robbed the House of Tobacco, at 1253 New Britain Avenue in West Hartford, at 8:24 p.m. on November 21.

“And I don’t know what guy came in and asked for a dollar change and its when he opened the register then hit him with the gun, the back side of the gun and he fell down and they took the money from the register," Bineye Regmi, a House of Tobacco employee, said.

The description of the Windsor and West Hartford robbers is very similar, police said.

One had a gun and, the other had a knife. They hit the employee in the face and stole hudreds of dollars in cash from the register as well as items from a customer in the store, including a wallet, then fled in a dark vehicle, possibly an SUV, according to police.

"West Hartford’s suspect had a very significant birthmark or tattoo on his left cheek area right below the eye and also one suspect had a sweatshirt very unique. Has a very large celtic style cross on the back," Cpt. Tom LePore said.

Police have released surveillance images from both robberies and ask anyone with information on either one to call the Windsor Police Department Detective LeGeyt at 860-688-5273 Ext. 546 or West Hartford Police Detective Ben DelMonte at 860-570-8877

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