WOONSOCKET – Two men who were already facing charges in connection with a string of house breaks in Lincoln and North Smithfield have been linked to the armed robbery of a Social Street liquor store in July.
Max Charlemagne, 26, of Pawtucket, and Christopher Noel, 31, of Lincoln, were arraigned Tuesday in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy. They were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Police say the men robbed JB Liquors in broad daylight on July 11, making off with $600 in cash.
The charges come after the two men were arrested by police in Lincoln Sept. 24 on unrelated charges. Detective Jamie Paone credited Lincoln police and Woonsocket Detective Thomas Gormley with uncovering information tying the two men into the JB Liquors case.
“We had a pretty good description of the suspects and a good description of the vehicle,” said Paone. “Just good solid police work by a couple of police departments enabled us to make an arrest in this case.”
Though both men had been charged with numerous housebreaks and related crimes within the last few weeks, they were apparently out on bail prior to their latest arrest.
According to court records, Charlemagne was arraigned on 30 counts of breaking and entering, felony larceny, larceny of firearms and other charges lodged against him by the North Smithfield police department on Sept. 11. Also, the Lincoln police had charged him with three counts of breaking and entering on Aug. 31.
The District Court set bail for Charlemagne after he was arraigned on all the latter charges, even though he was still on probation following a two-year jail sentence on Burrillville police charges of aiding and abetting when he was arrested on Aug. 31.
The Lincoln police had also charged Noel with breaking and entering, felony larceny, vandalism and conspiracy on Sept. 4. Bail was set for him as well.
On July 11, Charlemagne allegedly walked into JB Liquors, threatening a clerk with a handgun. Police say he was wearing a red hoody and a cloth mask when he demanded money from the cash register.
He was last seen sprinting down an alley behind the store and getting into a silver Volkswagen Jetta operated by another man. Witnesses saw the vehicle racing toward the city on nearby Wood Avenue with a shirtless man in the passenger seat, leading police to believe the robber may have shed his telltale clothing after entering the getaway car.
Police searched for clothing along the suspected escape route, but they found nothing.