Robbery suspects left holding bag of doughnuts |

HYANNIS — Three men were arrested Thursday after allegedly robbing a Dunkin’ Donuts on West Main Street Wednesday night while masked and armed with knives and a hatchet, the police said.

The score: a bag of doughnuts.

The three men confronted two employees at the doughnut shop shortly after 9 p.m., Barnstable police Sgt. Thomas Twomey said. One of the men had a hatchet and the other two were carrying knives, he said.

Apparently thinking the workers were carrying cash from the day’s receipts, the men demanded a paper bag that was in one of the women’s purses. The bag, however, was filled with doughnuts, which the suspects took without looking inside.

The men were captured on video and the police were able to track them down on Thursday, Twomey said. The police arrested Nicholas Mercurio, 19, Lukas Peterson, 21, and Charles Iliffe, 20, all of Hyannis, and charged them with armed robbery while masked, he said.

Iliffe was taken to the Barnstable County Correctional Facility and the other two suspects were held at the Barnstable police station, Twomey said.