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‘Stick Up’ Joke at Local Liquor Store Leads to the Arrest of Two Manchester Women

Police didn't think the joke was very funny.

A pair of Manchester women were arrested on robbery charges earlier this week after they walked into a local liquor store and told the clerk to open the drawer because it was a stick up. 

The women later told police that it was all a joke, but the Manchester Police Department did not seem to think it was very funny.

According to the department, Megan T. Callahan and Arlena L. Clark walked into the M&J Wines and Liquors at 352 West Middle Turnpike around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening wearing masks and told the clerk to open the register because it was a “stick up.” The pair later removed their masks and said it was only a joke, but police arrived to the scene due to a call from a concerned witness who saw the pair enter the store wearing the masks.

Callahan, 21, of 22 Cumberland St., and Clark, 23, whose address is listed as homeless, were both charged with breach of peace, conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery and attempted third-degree robbery.

The pair told police they committed the prank because they were “bored.”

Callahan was released from custody on a $2,500 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on the charges Sept. 9, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Web site; she is also awaiting trial on two counts of sixth-degree larceny and third-degree forgery from a pair of arrests in July.

Clark was not released from custody and is being held on a $5,000 bond for the offenses, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s website. She is scheduled to appear in court on the charges Sept. 19; Clark is also awaiting trial on previous arrests, including third-degree assault and violation of probation. 

christiane obrien August 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM
What a disgusting waste of life and so not amused as they most likely are collecting health care and checks from the state while I work over time just to break even.
Megan Bard (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 03:54 AM
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