LYNDONVILLE — A 24-year-old man from Lyndonville was arrested this afternoon in connection with a series of armed robberies in Washington, Caledonia, and Orleans counties.
Police say Josh Chase-Renault was taken into custody. He is charged with assault and robbery with a weapon at the Cabot Village Store, D & L Beverage in Hardwick, The Barnet Village Store, and Smith’s Grocery Store in Greensboro.
The crime spree goes back to an incident that took place on February 1, when someone entered the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a firearm and demanded money from the store clerk.
During the Cabot armed robbery investigation, similar armed robberies took place throughout the region.
A lone person would enter a store and demand the clerk to hand over money from the cash registers. The male would have a firearm or a knife displayed as he demanded money.
An ongoing joint investigation between the Vermont State Police and Hardwick Police Department identified suspects Ricky Thompson, 37, and Trisha Bisson, 27, as being involved in the crimes. On Thursday, they were located in Hardwick and taken into custody.
Police say interviews show that all three are involved with four armed robberies covering three counties.
Bisson and Thompson were lodged at the Northeast Correctional Complex for the crimes of accessory to commit assault and robbery with a weapon.
Chase-Renault was lodged at the St. Johnsbury Correctional Center, and is being held without bail.