Morin, left, O'Brien, right

Jan 27, 2016 2:02 PM

Off-duty officer stops robbery in Dover, 2 men arrested

DOVER — An off-duty police officer thwarted the attempted robbery of a store in Dover by being in the right place at the right time.

Police say 32-year-old Jerry Morin approached the clerk at Smiley's Discount Beverage around 5:50 p.m. Monday and demanded cash.

Police say Morin indicated that he was armed.

After the clerk refused, he requested assistance from the off-duty officer who happened to be in the store at the time.

The officer detained Morin and another man who was found with drugs.

Morin, of Salem, Mass., was charged with attempted robbery. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer and a phone number couldn't be found for him.

The second man, Gergory O'Brien, 31, of 20 Second St, in Dover, was not charged in connection with the robbery but was charged with possession of heroin.

Morin was arraigned in Strafford County Superior Court where bail was set at $10,00 cash or corporate surety.

O'Brien was also arraigned and is being held on $1,000 cash bail.

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