By COLIN FLANDERS
Colchester police arrested a Bennington man they say robbed Maplefields on Roosevelt Highway on Sunday night.
Police say Tyler Galipeau, 34, entered the store around 9:45 p.m. and told the clerk he was armed “and wanted all of the money,” a press release said. He then left scene with an undisclosed amount.
The next day, police arrested Galipeau in connection with the incident. He was due to be arraigned in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division on Monday to face a charge of assault and robbery, a press release said.
On the same night, two store clerks thwarted separate robbery attempts after refusing to hand over money to a woman claiming to be armed.
The first incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. at the Burger King on South Park Drive in Colchester. Fifteen minutes later, Winooski police responded to an armed robbery attempt at the Simon’s on Main Street.
In both instances, police say a woman entered the store and demanded money, claiming she was armed. Each time, the woman left when the clerks refused to comply.
The suspect in both incidents is described as a white female in her 20s wearing a dark hoodie and dark jeans.
Colchester police say they are working with Winooski police.
“No definitive links have been established, but investigation into these incidents is continuing,” a CPD press release said Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Colchester police at 264-5555 or Winooski police at 655-0221.