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Valley Mart hold-up ends in arrest

GREENFIELD — Police have arrested a teenage suspect in three of four recent convenience store robberies, the most recent on Thursday night.

Dylan J. Wickline, 18, of 192 Brattleboro Road, Bernardston, pleaded innocent to three charges of armed and masked robbery, and three charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, in Greenfield District Court Friday.

Wickline was arrested after Valley Mart on Mill Street was robbed for the second time within a month Thursday night. According to court documents, $50 and two packs of Marlboro cigarettes were taken.

On Nov. 12, police were called to Valley Mart, where a masked man reportedly threatened the clerk with a handgun, and left with $100 and two packs of Marlboro cigarettes, according to court documents.

JC’s Market on Conway Street was robbed on Nov. 15, also by a single masked man with a handgun. The robber took about $100, as well as the cash drawer, according to court documents.

On Nov. 19, just after midnight, the Main Street Cumberland Farms was robbed at gunpoint, but this time, two masked men were involved.

The description of one suspect, believed to be the gunman in the Cumberland Farms robbery, was consistent with the suspect in the previous robberies, according to Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr.

Wickline has not been charged in the Cumberland Farms robbery, but is a strong suspect, said Haigh.

Haigh said a second possible suspect was observed waiting in a car outside Valley Mart at the time of Thursday’s robbery.

Police were able to track that car down in Oak Courts, and found a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of green tactical military-style gloves identical to those worn in the robbery, according to a police report by officer Scott West.

Wickline was arrested after he was discovered in the area just before midnight, said Haigh.

“This was the result of some really good police work by our patrol officers, as well as detectives Todd Clark and Lt. (Daniel) McCarthy,” Haigh said.

Haigh said the gun shown in the robberies has not been recovered.

Wickline was ordered held pending the results of a Dec. 10 dangerousness hearing.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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