An Essex Junction woman has been arrested and charged with attempted assault and robbery after police say she held up two convenience stores in one night.
On April 10 at approximately 2:05 a.m., South Burlington Police responded to a report that a female suspect attempted to rob the Maplefields convenience store at the intersection of Williston Road and Kennedy Drive. At the time of this attempt, police were already on the lookout for a female suspect driving a silver car who had robbed, at gun point, another convenience store in Colchester just two hours earlier.
The South Burlington investigation found that the female suspect entered the Williston Road Maplefields and produced a handgun, which was out of the clerk’s sight. The suspect demanded the money from the register, and the clerk left the store without complying with the suspect’s demands. The suspect fled the store as the clerk used her cellphone to call 911.
A University of Vermont Police officer spotted a car similar to the suspect vehicle in the Colchester robbery in the area of Hinesburg Road and Kennedy Drive concurrent to the South Burlington attempted robbery. This vehicle was followed to Shelburne Road near the Burlington City limit where it was stopped by officers from South Burlington Police, UVM Police, and Burlington Police. The investigation found that the female suspect was one of the occupants in the car stopped. The officers were able to confirm the identity of the suspect at the scene of the traffic stop with attempted robbery video footage from the Maplefields.
Theresa Marking, 22, of Essex Junction, was arrested and subsequently identified as the female sought in both the South Burlington and Colchester incidents. Investigating officers later conducted a court-ordered search of the suspect vehicle which found an article of clothing that Marking wore during the commission of the crimes in addition to a replica Glock BB pistol. Marking was later arraigned on one count of attempted assault and robbery for her involvement in the South Burlington incident. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.