HOPKINTON, R.I. — A 29-year-old Connecticut man and four teenagers from the Nutmeg State were arrested Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store, according to Police Chief David S. Palmer.
Palmer said the police received a 911 call at about 6:35 p.m. Friday saying that two people had entered Spicer’s Marketplace, 206 Main St., brandished a black handgun and demanded money. They fled without getting any money.
But a witness got a description of the getaway vehicle. About 10 minutes later, Patrolman Brian Dufault saw the car on Woodville Alton Road and stopped it on Wheeler Road. The occupants wouldn’t get out, and the car sped into the Fenner Hill Golf Club.
With the help of additional cruisers from the Hopkinton and Richmond police departments and the state police, the car was boxed in and five male occupants arrested.
In a search of the car, the police seized a 9mm handgun and two bandannas that Palmer said were used in the holdup, plus several small bags of what’s believed to be crack cocaine.
Two of the occupants were being investigated in connection with the armed robbery at 3:50 p.m. Friday of RI Nail & Spa, 3 Cowesett Ave., West Warwick, Palmer said.
In the Hopkinton case, Jeffrey Wheeler, 29, of 111 Scott Rd., East Lyme, Connecticut, and Benjamin Ibbitson, 18, of 63 Lincoln Ave., Apartment 2, New London, Connecticut, were charged with first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree armed robbery, possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence and possession of crack cocaine. They were arraigned at the Hopkinton police station and ordered held at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
The three juveniles were being held at the Rhode Island Training School for referral Monday in Family Court.