Groton man charged in store robbery attempt

Groton - City police arrested a local man early Monday after they say he attempted to rob Avery Market on Shennecossett Road.

At 5:22 a.m. police were called to the convenience store, where officers learned a man had implied he had a gun and demanded cash from the store clerk before fleeing the store.

Shortly after 8 a.m., police said a man matching the suspect's description was found on Benham Road and identified as the would-be thief.

Gary Francopoulos, 38, of 552A Shennecossett Road, who is on probation for a 2011 robbery conviction, was charged with attempted first-degree robbery and attempted second-degree larceny.

Held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, Francopoulos is scheduled to appear today in New London Superior Court.

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