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Three arrested in connection with reported robbery

UPDATED: Police say they've arrested three individuals in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning in Powell. One of the individuals is alleged to have also broken into several vehicles around that same time.

The investigation began at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday when a citizen on Queens Boulevard reported they answered a knock on their door to find someone pointing a handgun in their face, according a Thursday afternoon news release from Powell police and court documents. The individual reportedly demanded entry and made off with several items. Court documents say items, including a safe containing money, were stolen.

While officers were investigating that reported robbery, calls started coming in about a rash of auto and business burglaries from the night before. Police say seven vehicles were broken into — court documents indicate all had windows broken out — and that items were stolen from two local businesses.

"Within a short time, it became apparent that the robbery, thefts and auto burglaries were connected and may have been committed by the same person or persons," says the release.

Powell police and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation spent "two very long days" investigating, including serving several search warrants in search of evidence, the release says.

On Wednesday, police arrested Obie Phillips, 38, in connection with the case. Phillips has been charged in connection with the robbery and the auto burglaries.

Michael Guzman, 29, and Tori Langdon-Phillips, 30, have each been charged with helping with the Tuesday morning robbery. Thursday's press release from Powell police indicated Guzman had been arrested in connection with the auto burglaries, but neither he nor Tori Phillips have been charged in connection with those incidents. Court records filed Friday make no allegation of Guzman or Tori Phillips as having been involved in those burglaries.

As of Friday, no one had been charged in connection with the business thefts referenced in the police press release.

Police said on Thursday that only limited information was being released because the investigation is ongoing and they anticipate more arrests.

The Phillipses and Guzman made their initial appearances on Friday in Circuit Court in Cody. A full story will follow in Tuesday's Powell Tribune.

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