Two Bridgeport men have pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit multiple robberies in 2014, including an armed holdup of the Residence Inn on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton on June 26.
Also targeted in the robbery spree were banks, a pharmacy, gas station and restaurant in the region, according to federal prosecutors.
Lancelot Supersad, 19, and Anthony Santiago, 21, both of Bridgeport, waived their right to indictment this week in separate court appearances and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Some of the robberies and attempted robberies allegedly involved just Supersad and others, and some involved Supersad, Santiago and others, according to federal prosecutors.
Supersad and Santiago were arrested on July 2 and are being detained. The Shelton Police Department has participated in the ongoing investigation of the pair’s illegal activities with the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies.
Demanded money at Shelton hotel
During the Shelton robbery, two Residence Inn employees told officers that two males entered the hotel, displayed a firearm and demanded money at about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.
The males — later identified as Supersad and Santiago by police officials — then left the hotel at 1001 Bridgeport Ave. and got into a vehicle with a driver waiting for them, according to reports. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Federal prosecutors said about $200 was taken during the Shelton holdup.
The third individual allegedly involved in the Shelton hotel robbery, as well as Santiago and Supersad, also have been arrested on state charges for that robbery.
Other robberies in the area
According to court documents and statements made in court, other crimes pertaining to the federal charges are:
— on April 26, Supersad and others committed an armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on Grasmere Avenue in Fairfield, stealing about $2,380.
— on May 3, Supersad and others attempted an armed robbery of the Mobil Gas station on Noble Avenue in Bridgeport.
— on May 10, Supersad and others committed an armed robbery of a Webster Bank branch on Main Street in Bridgeport, stealing about $4,170.
— on June 1, Supersad and others committed an armed robbery of a Pizza Hut on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport, stealing approximately $250.
— on July 2, Supersad, Santiago and others attempted an armed robbery of the Sikorsky Financial Credit Union on Oronoque Lane in Stratford.
— on July 2, Supersad, Santiago and others committed an armed robbery of the TD Bank located on Post Road East in Westport.
No sentencing date yet
This case has been assigned to Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven. Sentencing dates are not yet scheduled.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Shelton, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, and Westport police departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Felice M. Duffy from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut.