Police in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington working on armed robbery cases

Police in Meriden and Southington are looking for suspects in separate armed robberies, while Wallingford police have arrested two men in a 2011 armed robbery.

Colony Market at 640 Old Colony Road in Meriden was robbed Monday morning at about 8:45 a.m. Lt. Sal Nesci said a man entered the store, went behind the counter, pushed the clerk out of the way and showed a knife. The man took money from the register and several packs of cigarettes, Nesci said. Nesci said he appeared unrushed and calm during the incident and fled in a black pickup truck. No injuries were reported. Police said the man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black knit hat and a scarf covering the lower half of his face, Nesci said.

In Southington, police responded to the Mobile Gas Station on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike about 3 a.m. on Monday. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said the clerk saw a man approach him from the main entrance. The man grabbed the clerk’s shirt and put an unknown item, believed to be a knife, to the clerk’s neck, Dobratz said. He pushed the clerk toward the register and said he “wasn’t going to kill him,” Dobratz said. The man grabbed cash, estimated to be several hundred dollars, from the register and left the store. Officers tried to track him with a police dog, but the trail ended at the driveway to the Home Depot on Knotter Drive, Dobratz said.

Police are looking for a white man about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head. The suspect had a full red or brown beard and was wearing dark colored sweatpants, Dobratz said.

Meanwhile, Wallingford police arrested two men in a 2011 armed robbery case a little more than two years after it occurred. The Sunoco Gas Station on River Road was robbed on Dec. 16, 2011. At about 10 p.m., a man walked into the store and showed a handgun to the clerk, then fled after taking cash, Wallingford Sgt. John Ventura said. The case was unresolved until police received information linking two men to the crime. The Detective Division reopened the investigation and identified Gary Williams, 25, and Tyler Liversidge, 24, both of Wallingford, as suspects. Ventura said Liversidge entered the store while Williams waited outside and drove the getaway car.

Liversidge faces charges including first-degree robbery, conspiracy and criminal possession of a firearm.

The charges against Williams include conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and carrying a pistol without a permit.

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