Third person charged in armed robbery at Shelton store: Gun and knife were displayed

A third individual has been arrested for a December armed robbery of a downtown Shelton liquor store.

Valentine Rodriguez

Valentine Rodriguez

On March 11, Valentine Rodriguez, 33, of Bridgeport was processed on an arrest warrant in state Superior Court in Derby.

Valentine Rodriguez was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm, third-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. His court-set bond was $75,000.

Two other individuals have been arrested in the case, and the Shelton Police Department said March 11 that another arrest is expected in the criminal incident.

Valentine Rodriguez previously was arrested for attempting to rob the Shelton Cumberland Farms on River Road (Route 110) on Christmas Eve in 2014. During that crime, Rodriguez allegedly displayed a handgun.

 

The Cleto’s robbery

On Dec. 16, 2014 at about 8:45 p.m., Shelton police responded to Cleto’s Liquor Store at 402 Howe Ave. for a reported armed robbery.

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez

Police said two males entered the store, with one man displaying a gun and the other male displaying a knife. The males allegedly grabbed money and bottles of liquor and then left the store.

Previously arrested in the Cleto’s Liquor Store robbery case was Jonathan Rodriguez, 30, of Bridgeport.

A Feb. 20 warrant charged Jonathan Rodriguez with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit-third-degree larceny. His bond was $75,000.

Also arrested in the case was Samantha Cruz-Palarino, 25, of Oxford. A Feb. 11 warrant charged Cruz-Palarino with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. Her bond was $150,000.

 

The Cumberland Farms robbery

On Dec. 24, 2014, a male wearing a black hoodie and displaying a gun entered Cumberland Farms on Route 110 and demanded money, according to police reports.

Samantha Cruz-Palarino

Samantha Cruz-Palarino

A Shelton police officer on patrol was flagged down by customers near the store, and a foot chase ensued between the officer and suspect in the nearby woods. The officer heard a gunshot while in the woods.

Numerous police eventually responded to the scene and the suspect — later identified as Valentine Rodriguez — was apprehended in the woods and taken into custody, police said.

A stolen gun that was believed to be the one used in the attempted robbery was found in the woods, police said.

In the Cumberland Farms case, Valentine Rodriguez was charged with first-degree robbery, theft of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, interfering with an officer, and sixth-degree larceny. His bond was $250,000.

Officer injured during chase

The Shelton police officer was injured during the foot case. He received medical treatment and was released.

Samantha Cruz-Palarino, the 25-year-old Oxford woman charged in the Cleto’s Liquor Store robbery, also was arrested for her alleged role in the Cumberland Farms robbery.

In the Cumberland Farms case, a Feb. 11 warrant charged Cruz-Palarino with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree robbery. Her bond was $150,000.

 

 

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