PD: Gas station robberies in Willimantic, Wallingford could be connected, stolen car used in both incidents


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Gas station robberies that took place in Willimantic and Wallingford on Thursday could be connected, police say.

The first happened around 2 a.m. in Wallingford. Police say a man and woman used a knife to threaten the clerk at the Sunoco on South Colony Road.

The second happened a few hours later in Willimantic.

At about 6:46 a.m. the Willimantic Police Department got a call from the Valero gas station at West Main St. and Columbia Ave. reporting they had been robbed.

The caller told police two males had entered the store, grabbed the cash registers, and ran out. They drove away in an unknown direction.

Upon arrival, officers determined the clerk was uninjured. They reviewed surveillance footage of the incident. They determined the suspects – who were wearing face masks – had arrived in a 2014 Blue Mitsubishi Mirage, which was later determined to be stolen out of Hartford.

Shortly after the vehicle description was sent out to police statewide, State Police Troop K reported they had located the vehicle in Manchester and were in pursuit. The Troopers lost sight of the suspect vehicle in Bloomfield.

Willimantic police say the suspect vehicle in this incident appears to be the same vehicle involved in a robbery in Wallingford.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects, clothing, or vehicle is asked to contact Det. Tatro at the Willimantic Police Department at 860-465-3135.

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