Two men were arrested and charged Wednesday in connection to a string of armed robberies throughout western Massachusetts.
According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, 32-year-old Alfredo Aldeco of Holyoke and 30-year-old Emilio Rivera of Springfield are each charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of aiding and abetting.
Lelling said at least nine armed robberies took place between October 25 and November 14 in convenience stores located in Holyoke, Chicopee, Florence, West Springfield, and Agawam.
Court documents said during the robberies one suspect allegedly had a “distinctive long-barreled, black firearm-type object.”
Additionally, during at least one of the robberies one suspect allegedly threatened to “come back and kill” the store clerk if the clerk called the police.
Police who investigated the robberies concluded the same two men were allegedly involved in many of the robberies.
The men face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.