Two men charged in Southington armed robbery

Two men charged in Southington armed robbery

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SOUTHINGTON — Two men have been charged in an armed robbery at a Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike gas station early Monday.

Shawn Mullaly, 43, of Cromwell, was charged with second-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, breach of peace and second-degree threatening. 

Franklin Brown, 60, of Middletown, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. 

Police responded to Citgo, 960 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke., about 3 a.m. after a man wearing a blue sweatshirt with a camouflage pattern face mask entered the store holding a knife, according to police spokesman Lt. Stephen Elliott.

The suspect, later identified as Mullaly, went behind the register, ordered the clerk to open the cash drawer, grabbed about $115 in cash and two boxes of Newport cigarettes, and fled, Elliott said.  The serial number of one of the bills in the drawer was kept on file as a security measure.

Police issued suspect and vehicle descriptions to surrounding towns. Middletown police stopped the car and identified Brown as the driver, Elliott said. 

Officers found a knife and cash on the floor of the car, Elliott said. Officers also found the recorded bill from the store and a camouflage mask.

Mullaly and Brown were both held on $50,000 bond.

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