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Two suspects in armed robbery of Oceano Market are arrested

Matthew Lee Lawrence, 30, of Grover Beach was arrested Aug. 23, 2012, on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy. Original story »
Matthew Lee Lawrence, 30, of Grover Beach was arrested Aug. 23, 2012, on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy. Original story »

Two men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of the Oceano Market on Aug. 17.

Matthew Lee Lawrence, 30, of Grover Beach, and Michael LynnAnthony Hardisty, 21, of Arroyo Grande were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Both men are also believed to be involved in a home invasion robbery that happened Aug. 7 in Oceano.

Lawrence was arrested on Aug. 23 in connection with the Aug. 7 robbery and remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail on Thursday.

Investigators located Hardisty at a local motel in Pismo Beach and initially arrested him on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s officials said.

The Aug. 17 armed robbery happened just before 10 p.m., when two men wearing ski masks entered Oceano Market and Gas at 1711 Front St.

One of the men pointed a silver semi-automatic pistol at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk handed over the money in the cash register, and the men ran from the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force later learned the firearms used in the robbery were hidden in a house in the 200 block of Whiteley St. in Arroyo Grande. Investigators conducted a probation search Wednesday and found methamphetamine, a pipe bomb and two handguns.

Two people were arrested there but are not believed to have been involved in the Oceano Market robbery.

Sheriff’s officials are still investigating whether Lawrence or Hardisty have criminal street gang ties, according to the news release.

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