Court: Father, Daughter Arrested After Knifepoint Robbery In East Granby

A man with a history of armed robberies got help with an East Granby holdup Wednesday from an unlikely source, a prosecutor said — his daughter.

Thomas Phillips, 50, of Windsor Avenue in Windsor and Alisha Marie Phillips, 24, of South Water Street in East Windsor were arrested, state police said.

Thomas Phillips was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree reckless endangerment, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, they said.

Alisha Marie Phillips of South Water Street in East Windsor was charged with accessory to first-degree robbery and interfering with an officer.

He was in custody on $150,000 bail after his court appearance in Superior Court in Enfield, said Christopher Parakilas, supervisory assistant state’s attorney. Her bail was set at $15,000.

Between the father-daughter relationship and robbery’s location — in a small town away from a major highway — “so much of this is completely unorthodox,” Parakilas said Thursday afternoon.

According to the state police, the holdup happened about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the NH Deli & Grocery convenience store, 95 Spoonville Road. The female clerk told police she had been robbed by a man with a knife, and troopers learned that the robber had left with a woman in a dark-colored pick-up truck.

The information was broadcast over police radios, and a truck that matched the description was stopped in Bloomfield by a trooper and local police. The two suspects were identified as the robber and accomplice, state police said.

Trooper Kelly Grant, the state police spokeswoman, said she did not have information about how they are related.

That came out in court, Parakilas said. The prosecutor said Alisha Marie Phillips is accused of jumping into the getaway car from the passenger side, starting the truck for her father and letting him get behind the wheel and drive off. He had come out of the store with his shirt over his face, Parakilas said.

Thomas Phillips has a long history of robbing stores, court records show. On June 1, 2009, he was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for three armed robberies and an attempted robbery in West Hartford, East Windsor and Windsor Locks, according to judicial records.

In 2008, he received a suspended sentence for possession of narcotics, the records show.

His daughter has no prior record, Parakilas said.

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