The robbery occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. at Valentina Liquors, located in the 400 block of N. Old Baltimore Pike.
The two suspects, armed with knives, walked into the store and confronted the three employees working at the time. The men demanded cash from the register, and after receiving an undisclosed amount of money, they ran out of the store, jumped into a 2006 Dodge Stratus and fled the scene.
A witness spotted the registration number on the vehicle and was able to relay that information, along with a vehicle description to responding police officers.
A short time later, a trooper responding to the robbery observed the suspect vehicle traveling on southbound DE Rt. 72. Troopers were able to catch up and surrounded the vehicle at Rt. 72 and US Rt. 40 in Bear.
Troopers located evidence of the robbery inside the vehicle and arrested the two male occupants.
Jonathan Hill, 24, and Arik Tkalich, 20, were taken into custody. Further investigation by state police detectives revealed that Hill and Tkalich had committed a robbery of the same liquor store on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
The suspects are charged with 2 counts of Robbery 1st degree, 2 counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony, and 2 counts of Conspiracy 2nd degree.
Both were arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $126,000 cash bail each.