RIDGEFIELD — Police are investigating a Monday afternoon shoplifting at a local liquor store involving a vehicle later used in an armed robbery in New Haven County.

Ridgefield police responded to an unidentified liquor store in town around 3:40 p.m., where a store employee said two individuals in full face masks and gloves entered the store and took approximately $500 in merchandise.

The employee said the suspects left the store without paying and fled in a gray 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Ohio plates.

The SUV drove through Wilton, where police attempted but were unable to stop the vehicle, and was used in an armed robbery in Branford later that day, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridgefield Police Department’s detective bureau at 203-431-2794, or the department’s tip line at 203-431-2345.