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Man accused of 2015 Montville robbery arrested last week

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Montville — Michael Caccavale, one of two people allegedly responsible for a 2015 Montville robbery, was arrested on Dec. 22.

Caccavale, 40, of Yonkers, N.Y., was charged with first-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny, criminal attempt/conspiracy and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery.

Trooper Josue Dorelus of the state police’s media relations unit said in an email that detectives arrived at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, N.Y., "where Caccavale was being held on similar but unrelated charges.”

“Arrangements were made for Caccavale to be extradited back to Connecticut to be served with a felony arrest warrant related to the robbery committed at the Chucky's convenience store located in Montville, CT on March 22, 2015,” Dorelus wrote.

Caccavale was transported to the Troop E barracks, where he was processed. He appeared in court on Dec. 23. His next court date is Jan. 11, 2021. He’s yet to enter a plea. He originally was charged in 2015 with fifth-degree larceny and second-degree failure to appear in court.

“Like any complex criminal investigation, it may take a while to build a case and gather the evidence needed to find those believed to be responsible to the crime,” Dorelus wrote about the new charges. “Detectives were able to gather more evidence throughout the course of this active and ongoing investigation and applied for an arrest warrant as a result.”

On March 22, 2015, police were notified of a robbery at the Chucky's Mobil gas station on Norwich-New London Turnpike in Montville. The lone store clerk told police that a man wearing a mask and holding a handgun entered the store about 11:30 that night, and then fled with $542.

Police later learned similar robberies with matching suspects had occurred in New London and Greenwich in Connecticut and in Clarkstown, N.Y., Caccavale’s Dec. 22 state police incident summary reads. “A multijurisdictional collaboration resulted in identifying two suspects, Caccavale and (Nicholas) Fiore" and warrants were issued by Norwich Superior Court for the men's arrest.

Police said they identified Fiore and Caccavale through surveillance video showing their car.

In 2018, state police arrested Fiore of New York in connection with the March 2015 robbery of the Montville gas station. Fiore, who was 27 at the time, was charged with first-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy, according to the state police incident summary. He had been serving a sentence at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone, N.Y., after confessing to involvement in a March 2015 string of robberies in New York.

Fiore confessed to being involved in the New York robberies but denied involvement in the Connecticut ones, according to the affidavit. Caccavale also denied knowledge of the New London and Montville robberies, the affidavit stated.

Fiore and Caccavale told police that they robbed the stores to feed their heroin addiction, and that they were on their way to the casinos in Connecticut when police stopped them in Norwich.

A Rockland County grand jury indicted both on second-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy charges. In March 2016, Fiore agreed to a five-year prison sentence, while Caccavale agreed to seven years.

s.spinella@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects that the robbery was at a Montville convenience store and gas station. Information was incorrect in the first sentence of an earlier version.

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