Arrest made in string of convenience store armed robberies in Wolcott


WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in Wolcott made an arrest Thursday in a string of armed robberies that took place over the last week.

On Sunday at around 6 p.m., police say a male suspect walked into the Express Mart Convenience Store on Meriden Road and pointed a gun at the clerk. He demanded money from the register, which the clerk handed over. He then ordered the clerk to lay on the floor until he left.

No customers were in the store at the time. The clerk was not hurt.

On Wednesday at 10:45 p.m., the same male suspect who robbed the Express Mart walked into the Cumberland Farms at 1655 Meriden Road (which is very close to the Express Mart) with a gun in his hand, racked a round into the chamber, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. According to police, there was not much cash in the drawer so he demanded the clerk open the safe. The clerk responded that he didn’t know how to open it.

The robber then turned and walked out of the store. Video surveillance of the incident was obtained.

On Thursday, the detective on the case decided to sit outside the Express Mart parking lot to watch the area and see if the robber returned.

At 10:30 a.m., the detective saw the suspect (recognizable from surveillance video obtained from the two previous robberies) enter the same Express Mart. The detective called in the incident to HQ and went into the Express Mart.

The detective found the robber holding a gun against the clerk and robbing the store again.

The detective drew his weapon and ordered the robber to drop his weapon; the robber did not. The robber walked away from the clerk, but with the gun still in his hand. The detective ushered the clerk out safely and followed the robber. The robber ran out the back door. The detective found the loaded pistol along with cash at the bottom of the fence the robber had jumped over as he fled.

While officers searched for the robber, Tyrrell School was put on lockdown.

A police drone and K9 officer were called in to assist with the search.

A short time later, police say, the robber was seen running in the area behind the Cumberland Farms. K9 Officer Bane was able to catch the suspect.

The robber was identified as Jeysem Steven Rivera Alvarez, 21. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment to his right forearm that had a puncture wound from Bane stopping him.

Rivera-Alvarez was charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Illegally carrying a pistol without a permit
  • Interference with police
  • Breach of peace
  • Threatening

Bond was set at $750,000. Further charges are expected.

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