A Connecticut armed robbery, by its very nature, is a serious offense. When one of the parties facing such criminal charges is a minor, the legal ramifications become increasingly complicated. Recently, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested and charged with criminal offenses resulting from a purported robbery of a newly opened service station in Waterford.
The armed robbery is said to have occurred in October at a gas station in the Quaker Hill area. Authorities did not identify any weapons which were supposedly used in the incident. Similarly, the details of the heist were not reported, other than to say the robbers made away with an unspecified amount of cash. There also was no reason offered to explain the lapse of time between the robbery and the arrests.
The 20-year-old man was formally charged with conspiracy, first degree armed robbery and sixth degree larceny. At last report he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. The 16-year-old was referred to a Hartford detention center. As a juvenile, his identity as well as the specifics of any criminal charges against him was not disclosed.
The Connecticut State Police as well as the Montville and Waterford Police Departments were said to have cooperated to make the arrests, and the Waterford Police continue to have the incident under active investigation.
As the criminal charges against these two individuals make their way to court, they will be handled separately due to their ages. Nevertheless, both are entitled to the same presumption of innocence that protects all individuals accused of a crime in our state. While the proceedings against the juvenile will be conducted outside of the public eye, both face the prospect of a prison term and other consequences should a criminal conviction ultimately be obtained. However, the burden of proving the allegations remains with the state in both instances, and each individual would do well to seek preservation of their legal rights while fighting to achieve the most successful result possible.
Source: Montville, CT Patch, "Police Charge Uncasville Man with Convenience Store Robbery," Paul Petrone, Nov. 16, 2012