A man in Massachusetts was accused of robbing a convenience market at gunpoint on Feb. 18. Police say the incident occurred at a Honey Farms store in Worcester at 6:15 p.m. According to police, the 35-year-old accused man walked into the store, informed the store clerk that he was armed with a gun and demanded money several times.

After the store clerk handed the man an unknown amount of cash, the man reportedly fled the scene in a taxicab. Detectives looking into the case used video surveillance footage from the store to help them identify the accused robber, and a still photo that was taken from the surveillance video was passed around the police department. At the time, there was an outstanding warrant to arrest the accused man for a separate criminal offense.

After he was identified as the alleged Honey Farms store robber, the man was taken into police custody at an apartment on Oread Street. He was handed a criminal charge for armed robbery. There were no reports about whether the man was offered the option of posting bail or when his next court appearance was scheduled to take place.

Store surveillance footage can sometimes be of poor quality, and there is always a chance that a police identification using store surveillance footage could be flawed. A person who has been accused of committing a store robbery might be able to build a strong defense by arguing that police falsely identified them. If no physical evidence exists besides a surveillance tape, a defendant may be able to argue that the prosecution is basing their case on false assumptions gleaned from poor quality footage.

Source: “Police arrest Worcester man in Honey Farms armed robbery”, Lindsay Corcoran, Feb. 19, 2015