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Norwalk Police Arrest 2 Teens In Armed Robbery Of Convenience Store

Ernest Morales, 18, of 43 Brooklawn Ave., Norwalk, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, reckless endangerment, and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Ernest Morales, 18, of 43 Brooklawn Ave., Norwalk, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, reckless endangerment, and carrying a pistol without a permit. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. — Two teenagers were arrested Thursday and charged in the armed robbery of a Westport Avenue convenience store earlier in the week, Norwalk police said.

The two robbers made off $1,100 in cash and other merchandise from the store in the armed robbery, police said. 

Ernest Morales, 18, of 43 Brooklawn Ave., Norwalk, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, reckless endangerment, and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was held on $500,000 bond for Aug. 14 court date.

The second suspect was a 17-year-old juvenile who was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny. The suspect was remanded to the State Juvenile Authority.

According to Norwalk police, the two suspects entered the Corner Variety Store at 251 Westport Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Both were wearing hoodies and masks, and one was brandishing a handgun, police said.

They went around the corner and took an undetermined amount of cash, and some cigarettes.

After taking the items, the two ran out and around the corner to a black Jeep Wrangler that was parked behind the store. They then drove off on Volmer Avenue.

The clerk in the store was not injured during the robbery.

The Norwalk Police Detective Bureau, especially Detective Daniel Serio, used store video surveillance to identify the suspects and secure warrants for their arrests.

Chief Thomas Kulhawik expressed his thanks to the community, which provided information that assisted in this investigation. “This is another example of the great things that the community and police department can accomplish when working as partners,” he said.

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