Police arrested three people who were allegedly involved in a series of unarmed robberies of shoppers in the parking lot of a Shaw’s supermarket on Washington Street in Canton.
Canton police took Stoughton residents Ihor Havryliv, 30, and Alyshha Delellis, 28, into custody Wednesday night during separate incidents, an official said Thursday.
A third suspect, Arthur Peoples, 48, was arrested by Stoughton officers on outstanding warrants, said a Stoughton police detective, Sergeant Bob Welch.
Authorities believe the trio have been robbing female shoppers in the supermarket parking lot. The first case was reported to police Sunday at 7:15 p.m. A shopper said she was approached by a woman who demanded her purse, Canton police said in a statement. The shopper refused, ran back into Shaw’s, and called 911.
On Monday, another woman was approached in the parking lot at about 6:30 p.m. by a man who assaulted her and stole her purse, police said.
Another unarmed robbery was reported Wednesday at about 8:30 a.m. when a woman approached a shopper, demanded her purse, and then forcefully took it, authorities said.
Investigators believe the suspects were driving to the parking lot in different vehicles, and authorities released surveillance video Wednesday of a black pickup truck allegedly used in one incident.
During the investigation, police learned Havryliv was a mechanic at a repair shop and was driving customers’ vehicles to the market, said Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz.
Officers Wednesday night searched a residence on Greenbrook Drive in Stoughton where Havryliv and Delellis live, Welch said. Delellis and Peoples were arrested there, he said. Canton police took Havryliv into custody in that town. Havryliv and Delellis face charges including larceny, robbery, and assault and battery on a person over 60, Canton police said. The charges Peoples faces haven’t been finalized, Welch said.Laura Crimaldi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.