Two men arrested after armed robbery at Franklin gas station
An armed robbery late Monday night in Franklin led to a search and the arrest two hours later of David Messier, 33, and Shannon Gauthier, also 33, of Northfield, according to the Franklin police.
In a written statement, the police said they were called to the Shop Express at 449 Central St. at 11:54 p.m. Monday, where a female employee told them that a man “wielding what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun” had demanded money from the register. He fled on foot afterward, the police said, with an undetermined amount of cash.
Search teams from the Franklin and Tilton police departments and the Franklin Fire Department found a shotgun in the Winnipesaukee River matching the description of the weapon used in the reported robbery.
That led to what the Franklin police characterized as “an extensive search” in which the Northfield police and a state police K-9 unit joined in.
“Messier and Gauthier were located in a wooded area in Franklin and arrested,” the police said.
Messier faces charges of armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon, falsifying evidence, possession of oxycodone, possession of marijuana and breach of bail. Gauthier faces charges of stalking, possession of oxycodone, possession of marijuana and breach of bail.
In a separate release, the Tilton police said Messier and Gauthier would also face charges related to a similar armed robbery at the Tilton Shop Express in August. Two other people, both Franklin residents, are also facing charges in the case, the police said, though they did not provide details of the allegations.