WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Willimantic police charged a suspect who they believe robbed two convenience stores on Sunday morning.
The first robbery took place around 1:30 a.m. at the Sun Mart, located at 104 Main St., according to police. They said the suspect entered the store, demanded cash, and left once he got the money. No one was injured, and the suspect was not seen with a weapon.
Then, at 11:40 a.m., police said the same suspect went into the A1 Quickmart, which is also on Main Street, demanded cash, and left with the money.
While working on the investigation, police were able to identify the suspect’s car, which they later found parked off Main Street. Officers approached it and said they found four people sitting inside.
Of those occupants, police identified 35-year-old Randy Wheland of Willimantic as the suspected robber. Wheland was wearing the same clothes as the robbery suspect and matched the initial description police provided.
Wheland was charged with robbery in the third degree, breach of peace in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interfering with an officer for the A1 Quickmart robbery.
Police said he is being held on a $100,000 bond pending a court date. They also noted a warrant is being requested for the Sun Mart robbery, and Wheland is expected to be arrested a second time for that incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Mike Spulicki or Det. Keith Edele at (860) 465-3135.