NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police have arrested the suspect in two separate armed robberies on Sunday, just a few months after his release from jail for similar offenses.

Police said that Adrian Lablue, 26, was positively identified on surveillance footage after allegedly robbing the Brock Ave Market at 629 Brock Ave. on June 27 at 10:30 a.m.

According to police, a male suspect entered the shop, told the clerk he was armed, and demanded money from the register before fleeing.

 

Responding Officer James Marinelli positively identified the suspect as Lablue from the surveillance footage.

At 9:30 p.m. that same day, police said, the suspect also threatened a clerk at the Harss Express at 775 Brock Ave., demanding cash from the register.

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Police confirmed that cash was taken from both locations.

Several hours later, patrol units responding to an alarm at the Brock Ave Market found the rear door forced open and Lablue inside, where he was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Police said that Lablue has been formally charged with a variety of offenses more than 40 times, with numerous convictions for break-ins and larcenies.

In January 2019, he was arrested for allegedly breaking into a business just hours after being released without bail in connection to a string of four break-ins.

According to police, Lablue was released from the house of correction in March 2021 after serving an 18-month sentence.

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