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Man arrested after robbery thwarted by clerk with chili powder

A man wanted after an attempted robbery at a convenience store in Stoneham, which was thwarted by a clerk wielding chili powder, has been arrested, police said.

Jason Reardon , 45, of Everett, was arrested in connection with two recent robberies in Stoneham and Boston, Stoneham police said in a statement.

Reardon and Brett Osgood, 25, of Revere, allegedly showed a gun as they tried to rob a convenience store in Stoneham, but were unsuccessful after the clerk resisted, at one point throwing chili powder in their faces, police said. Osgood was arrested shortly after the robbery, while Reardon remained at large.


Stoneham detectives were able to locate Reardon after a Boston police detective recognized the weapon he was carrying in surveillance footage released from the Stoneham robbery, police said. The Boston detective said the handgun in the video matched the one seen in surveillance video captured during the Boston robbery.

When Stoneham and Everett detectives arrested Reardon on Wednesday afternoon, detectives found a Colt Defender BB air pistol that matched the description of a weapon shown in the video footage of both robberies, police said.

“The tremendous level of cooperation shown by municipal police departments, from the first minutes following our incident on Saturday, helped us quickly close this case,” Stoneham police Chief James McIntyre said in a statement. “In this instance, Stoneham, Revere, Boston, and Everett police officers all worked together and took two dangerous felons off the streets this week.”

Reardon was arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court on charges of attempting to commit an armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, destruction of property over $250, and armed assault with intent to rob. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

Reardon is being held for a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Nov. 6.


Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.