Connecticut authorities say two Southern Connecticut State University students are behind the smash-and-grab incident at a Wallingford station on Tuesday.
Meriden police arrested Ramon Johnson, 23, and Terrance Brown, 25, shortly after the college students allegedly used a stolen Nissan Maxima and drove it through the wall of a Shell gas station and grabbed an ATM.
Police said after the men broke into the gas station they led police on a chase through Meriden. Johnson, who is a graduate student, was arrested in Meriden shortly after the incident, and Brown, who has a prior felony record and spent some time in jail, was arrested several hours later.
Johnson, of New Haven, told police that Brown was the mastermind behind the crime. He told police that this is not the first time that the Stratford man was involved in a smash-and-grab.
Brown, whose bail was set at $250,000., is facing several burglary and larceny charges, as well as use of vehicles belonging to someone else.
Johnson, who has no previous record, was held on $75,000 bond and charged with several burglary and larceny charges.
Both men were on the football team at SCSU.