Police along the shoreline investigating robbery spree allegedly committed by 2 juveniles

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CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Clinton Police said a Shell gas station was the first target of juveniles who went on an armed robbery spree throughout the shoreline early Wednesday morning.

Police said the suspects are juveniles, some as young as 14 and 15 years old. The 14-year-old started off the spree by robbing a Shell gas station, according to police.

“They pulled out the gun,” Clinton Police Chief Vincent DeMaio said. “They pointed it at the individual, told him they were going to shoot him if he didn’t open up the register and give him the money.”

After leaving, Clinton Police said the suspects then went to Branford where they committed two crimes, Southport where two school employees were robbed at gunpoint, and Norwalk, where police said the suspects attempted to carjack someone.

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“I’m speechless. I don’t know what to say,” Paige Mino who works in Branford, where two of five armed robberies occurred early Wednesday morning said. “I don’t know where these kids are getting their guns from. It’s very sad.”

The juveniles were, however, successful in carjacking a man who was walking in the Motel 6 parking lot, where Branford Police said they also punched the victim. The suspects then allegedly robbed the Shell gas station on East Main Street.

“It is fortunate that no one was injured in these incidents, but if this isn’t a wake-up call to the state legislature that they need to review the current laws surrounding juvenile justice, I don’t know what is,” Brenda Kupchick, the first selectwoman in Southport said.

“The problem that we’re seeing here is that there is no accountability for criminal action for these juveniles, and it’s placing the people of Connecticut in danger,” DeMaio said.

Police identified the suspects who are from New Haven pretty quickly. Two of them are now in custody.

Police said both juveniles have been arrested before with the 14-year-old having an extensive and violent criminal history.

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