2 Arrested in String of Worcester, Mass. Armed Robberies

(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - Jonathan Tufts-Raymond, 25, and Krystian Gubernat, 23, hid their faces in court Wednesday, as they were charged with a string of recent armed robberies in Worcester, Sturbridge, and Shrewsbury.

The two were arrested Tuesday in Spencer, Mass.

A surveillance photo helped police identify Tufts-Raymond, which led to the arrest.

The two are linked to at least eight armed robberies since the end of October, six of which occurred in Worcester.

Both are being held without bail.

“It was a joint collaboration between Sturbridge, Spencer, Worcester, Mass. State Police, and Shrewsbury Police. A lot of agencies were involved in apprehending the individuals, said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst of the Worcester Police Department.

The majority of the armed robberies happened at local supermarkets. Tufts-Raymond would enter the store, show a gun, and demand cash. According to assistant district attorney Tim Westerman, Gubernat then helped him get away.

“After Tufts-Raymond would commit the robberies, Gubernat would be given some of the proceeds for his service,” said Westerman.

The most recent robbery took place Monday at the Worcester Credit Union on West Boylston Street.

Tufts-Raymond entered the bank, attempted to rob a teller, but fled before getting any cash.

Both Tufts-Raymond and Gubernat are being charged with armed robbery and attempting to commit a crime.

“We are very thankful that they are off the streets - they are clearly desperate individuals and armed - bad combination,” Hazehurst concluded.

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