January 10. 2013 6:33AM
Quick arrests after store across from new police station is robbed
MANCHESTER - Police quickly arrested two men early Thursday morning when a convenience store across the street from the new police station was robbed.
The robbery happened at 12:55 a.m. at Tedeschi Food Shop, 245 Maple St., directly across the street from the Manchester Police Department's new building on Valley Street.
Sgt. Paul Thompson said two men robbed the store and a knife was shown.
"Units responded quickly, obviously," Thompson said.
Police immediately set up a perimeter in the Valley and Maple street area, and Officer Ben Foster and K-9 Moose were brought in to track down the men.
Thompson said the men saw the dog and ran, directly toward other officers. Arrested were Jesse Reidy, 19, of Manchester, and Brannon Collins, 18, of Manchester.
Police said they found cigarettes, a mask and two knives wrapped in a cloth not far from where they found Reidy.
Police said Collins had a mask, as well as cigarettes and cash consistent with what was taken in the robbery.
Both men were charged with resisting detention and robbery.
Police moved into the new police station only a week ago. The station stands out at night because it is illuminated with blue lights, Thompson said.
Previously, police headquarters was on Chestnut Street near downtown.
Both men are to be arraigned this morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division.
Thompson said the robbery is not related to others that took place on the city's West Side.