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Westporters Arrested in Store Robbery (UPDATE)

WESTPORT, Conn. – (UPDATED at 6 p.m.): Westport residents Christopher Grayson and Andrew Schirmann are being charged with the early morning armed robbery of the Merritt Country Store, police said.

Grayson and Schirmann, both of 785 Post Road East, Unit 1B, were arrested around 11:45 a.m. after a confidential police source identified Grayson as the suspect from the store’s video surveillance. From there, Westport detectives, Bridgeport police and the Connecticut Violent Fugitive Taskforce visited places Grayson, 21, was known to frequent, police said.

During the investigation, detectives received information on Grayson’s car and a registration number, which led them to his and Schirmann's apartment, where they were arrested.

Warranted searches of the apartment and car turned up clothing that matched those worn by the suspect, as well as the backpack and handgun used in the incident, police said. Cash was also recovered.

Grayson was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny. Schirmann, 25, was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. Both men were also charged with weapons in a motor vehicle and were held on $100,000 bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Original story:

For the second time in three weeks, Westport's Merritt Country Store, located at 337 Main St., was robbed at gunpoint, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m., a white male entered the store, approached the cash register holding a handgun and demanded cash, the store clerk told police. After the clerk handed over about $100 in small bills, the suspect fled on foot and headed southwest, police said. The clerk did not report seeing a car.

A Westport K-9 unit was called in and led officers west along Canal Street from the store, but the scent trail was lost near Guilder Lane.

The suspect was described as approximately 5-feet-9, heavy-set, with a brown goatee and between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, black pants and dark sunglasses. He was also carrying a black and green backpack. The gun was described as a black, semi-automatic.

The store has video surveillance, which will be made available to police during the investigation.

On Sept. 29, a masked man robbed the store at gunpoint and made off with about $200. No arrest has been made.

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