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St. John, left, and Tanasi, right

WINCHESTER — Police say they’ve arrested two men in connection with armed robberies in Manchester this week.

One of the suspects is 42-year-old Manchester resident Patrick Tanasi. He was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday. Officers found him walking on North Main Street, entering Sam’s Food store on Oakland Street.

Police say Tanasi was charged in connection with two of the robberies, the first one at the Mobil Gas Station on Hartford Road, and the robbery at the Xtra Mark on Buckland Street.

Tanasi was charged with:

Robbery at Mobil Gas Station, 427 Hartford Rd –
– Robbery in the 1st Degree with a Deadly Weapon
– Conspiracy to commit Robbery in the 1st Degree with a Deadly Weapon
– Larceny in the 6th Degree
– Conspiracy to commit Larceny in the 6th Degree
– Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Robbery at Xtra Mart, 95 Buckland St.
– Robbery in the 1st Degree
– Conspiracy to commit Robbery in the 1st Degree
– Larceny in the 6th Degree
– Conspiracy to commit Larceny in the 6th Degree

Tasani was held on a $500,000 bond, and will appear in court today.

43-year-old Manchester resident Travis St. John, wanted as a co-conspirator in the robbery at the Xtra Mart, was found in Winsted.

Winchester police say they were contacted by Manchester police, who had heard from a reliable source, that St. John was in Winsted.

Winchester officers found St. John’s vehicle at a home on Perkins Street. Members of the Manchester Police Department also responded to the scene. St. John was considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

Police say they took tactical positions at the residents and announced themselves at the front door. St. John answered the door and was taken into custody without incident, according to police. No weapons were found at the home.

Police say St. John is a felon with approximately 21 convictions for offenses which include Robbery, Tampering with Evidence, Interfering, Burglary, and Threatening among other charges.

St. John was charged with:

Robbery at Xtra Mart, 95 Buckland St.
– Robbery in the 1st Degree
– Conspiracy to commit Robbery in the 1st Degree
– Larceny in the 6th Degree
– Conspiracy to commit Larceny in the 6th Degree

St. John was held on a $250,000 bond and will also appear in court Friday.

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