Man who likely robbed Newington and Plainville stores likely struck again in West Hartford, police say

Published on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 15:44
Written by LISA BACKUS


WEST HARTFORD – Police believe the same man who robbed Plainville and Newington gas stations and two West Hartford gas stations with a large black revolver has struck again.

West Hartford police said a man with black hair wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants robbed Sams Food Store at 1149 New Britain Avenue Monday night. The man pulled a large revolver from his waist band and pointed it at the clerk, demanding money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police in the three towns believe the man also committed a Berlin Turnpike gas station in Newington last week.

The man was carrying a long barrel revolver-type handgun in images captured from the Newington Sunoco gas station surveillance cameras, police said. He was also carrying a similar black gun during robberies in West Hartford on April 19 and 23 and in Plainville on April 21, West Hartford police said.

A witness at the gas pumps at the Sunoco station at 3191 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, called police at about 9:45 p.m. to report that it appeared a robbery was in progress with the assailant physically grabbing the clerk, police said.

The clerk said the robber grabbed and threatened him and then demanded money. The robber then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The surveillance cameras showed the man carrying a fistful of cash out the door.

Anyone with information on that robbery asked to call the Newington Police Department at 860-666-8445.

Police in West Hartford are now saying that they believe the same man was responsible for the two robberies in their town at Supreme Gas at 141 Park Road, the Sams Food Store robbery Monday night and a robbery at a Sunoco gas station at 380 New Britain Avenue, Plainville.

He may be driving a small, dark sedan, West Hartford police said.

Anyone with information on the West Hartford robberies should call 860-523-5203. Anyone with information on the Plainville robbery should call 860-747-1616.

Posted in The Bristol Press, , Plainville on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 15:44. Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2018 15:47.