BRISTOL - Police believe they have caught the man responsible for a recent rash of robberies in the city and another spree in the fall.
Nathan Brown, 34, of 35 Hull St., was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he allegedly robbed his 66-year-old father, stealing cash and his vehicle.
Police said Brown was already a suspect in a number of convenience store robberies when officers received a report shortly after 3 p.m. that he had robbed his father at their home, where Brown resides. After taking money and his father’s car keys, Brown allegedly stopped the man from calling police, took his cell phone and left in his vehicle.
Police were later able to track the phone to Laurel Street, where they found the stolen vehicle and Brown and his girlfriend in an apartment unit. Both were arrested. The girlfriend, according to police, was wanted for unrelated arrest warrants.
Brown has been charged with third-degree robbery, first-degree larceny, interfering with a 911 call and second-degree breach of peace. According to police, detectives believe he may be responsible for seven local convenience store robberies, including four recent incidents and three others in September and October, and one Wolcott robbery.
“We anticipate making an arrest in those robberies,” said Detective Lt. Kevin Morrell.
Since Dec. 19, four convenience stores and a pharmacy were robbed. Most incidents involved either a gun or a knife. Police said they believe Brown was responsible for the convenience store holdups, but they think the pharmacy incident may be unrelated.
Additionally, police said they have established a link between Brown and robberies at Marty’s Package Store, The Milk Store and Jay’s Market, all of which took place between September and October.
Brown was held in custody overnight and arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court. During the hearing, state prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said Brown confessed to the seven robberies in Bristol and one in Wolcott. He said warrants will be completes for his arrest in those cases.
Brown is being held on $151,000 bond. He is due back in court Feb. 7.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.