Suspect nabbed in Ashland armed robbery

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ASHLAND — A collaborative effort among local police departments and state authorities has culminated in the arrest of a suspect in the armed robbery of Pet Supplies Plus at 45 Pond Street.

On Feb. 2, at about 9:20 a.m., an individual wearing a mask entered the store, threatened the cashier with a note implying they had a firearm, and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the Ashland Police Department.

The same suspect is believed to have committed a similar crime in Framingham, which led to a joint investigation.

Ashland and Framingham police, aided by the Sutton and Millbury police departments and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, worked together to identify and locate the suspect.

Ashland’s Detective Sergeant Ryan Puzzo and Detective Dimitri Karpouzis spearheaded the investigation, which resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Matthew J. Grenier, 53, of Millbury.

Grenier was apprehended without incident at the Red Roof Inn in Sutton on Feb. 5.

A subsequent search of his vehicle and residence led to the discovery of evidence linking him to the armed robbery.

Facing multiple charges, including two counts of armed and masked robbery, Grenier also faces enhanced penalties due to his status as a habitual criminal.

Framingham Police are expected to file additional charges.

The Ashland Police Department has expressed gratitude to all law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and arrest.

The department pledges to continue working with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to ensure the case is thoroughly prosecuted.

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