Latasha Singletary is scheduled for arraignment today on charges that she robbed Anna’s Liquors, 280 Rodman St., three times in 24 hours.
She was arrested with a big assist from residents of the neighborhood around the store, police report.
Singletary, 30, of 36 Baker St., was arrested at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, charged with two counts of armed robbery and one of armed robbery while masked. All three robberies were of the owner of Anna’s Liquors, police allege.
Police allege Singletary went into the store at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and pulled her white T-shirt up over her face while threatening the 52-year-old clerk with a knife and demanding money.
She returned at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and then again at 2 p.m., each time threatening the clerk and taking money when the clerk ran out of the store, police allege. Lottery tickets, bottles of liquor and cigarettes were also taken, police report.
Police flooded the area around the liquor store and did a door to door canvass of the neighborhood around John Street after witnesses pointed the investigation in that direction, said Detective J.D. Costa, a department spokesman.
“People really stepped up to the plate to help us,” Costa said. “We got a lot of community cooperation. It really made a difference.”
Singletary was arrested in a home on John Street. Police were given permission to search the home. They allege they recovered lottery tickets, cigarettes and a bottle of Mojo Shot Blue Lagoon liquor that was taken in one of the robberies.
Singletary was held overnight in jail pending her arraignment today in District Court.