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Two Concord men charged in Cornish armed robbery


CORNISH — Two Concord men have been arrested in connection with a July 21 burglary in which a resident was seriously injured.

Thomas Tozier, 27, and Aaron Gobin, 26, were arrested Thursday and both were charged with Class A felony offenses, which carry a maximum sentence of 7½ to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Tozier was charged with armed robbery and Gobin was charged with accomplice to armed robbery.

Both men were arraigned at the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont Division on Friday and were held on $75,000 cash bail each, said investigating officer Trooper Charles Newton of Troop C.

Tozier and Gobin are being held at the men’s prison in Concord and are scheduled to appear in court next week for their probable cause hearings, he said.

Their victim, a 58-year-old Cornish man, is a former co-worker of Gobin, Newton said. “Tozier was a complete stranger,” he said.

The victim was treated at a local hospital for the serious injuries he sustained during the robbery.“He’s still recovering from the injuries. He had multiple lacerations, a broken nose, missing teeth,” Newtown said of the victim. “He is out of the hospital, but still recovering.”

Newtown said Tozier and Gobin allegedly stole $900 cash from the man.

“They had a drug dependency and they had a drug debt and their plan was to rob (the victim) of his money,” Newtown said.

A joint investigation by the state police and Cornish police led to the identification of Tozier and Gobin as the suspects.

Claremont police, Newport police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

mpierce@newstote.com

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