Robbery suspect spotted leaving store
BEDFORD - Police arrested two robbery suspects Friday after an officer spotted one of them leaving a convenience store just before 2 a.m., carrying a gun and wearing a ski mask. Keith Olson, 35, of 326 Amherst St., Manchester, and Shawn Brousseau, 30, of 9 New Searles Road, Nashua, fled the store with Sgt. Rob Gagliardi in pursuit and were arrested after crashing their car in Merrimack, police said. Gagliardi was patrolling on Route 3 when he spotted a running car parked beside Mobil on the Run at 4 Technology Drive, police said. Gagliardi made a U-turn and as he was heading back to the store, he saw the armed suspect run from the store to the car, police said. Brousseau, whom police said was driving, refused to stop, and Gagliardi chased the car north up Route 3, then south on the F.E. Everett Turnpike into Merrimack, where it crashed at the intersection of Amherst Road and Lester Drive, police said. Both suspects ran from the car. Merrimack and Bedford police soon found Brousseau, while state and Manchester police used a dog to help track down Olson, police said. Police didn’t specify where either man was found. The area includes farmland and woods. Both men are charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property. Olson is charged with robbery, and Brousseau with conspiracy to robbery. Brousseau also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, refusing to stop for police and driving on a suspended license, police said. Both men were expected to be held Friday and arraigned today in Merrimack District Court. No one at Bedford Police Department was available for comment Friday afternoon. It’s not clear whether the arrests might be related to a Dec. 18 robbery at the same store, in which the suspect wore a ski mask and brandished a crowbar.