Ansonia hold-ups may be linked

Police release photo of suspect in 'unique' sweatshirt

Ansonia Police are looking at whether two gas station hold-ups were committed by the same person.

The latest occurred around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the XpressMart at 180 Wakelee Avenue. A Hispanic man, described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall with dark, curly hair and a clean-shaven face, robbed the store at gunpoint, police were told.

The suspect displayed what is believed to be a dark-colored handgun, police said.

The man fled east on Church Street with some $200 in cash and “numerous” packs of cigarettes.

Police said they have no video or images of this robbery that can be used.

Images from an attempted robbery Tuesday, March 22, show a suspect in a sweatshirt with a unique pattern, somewhat similar to a crossword puzzle, worn by a man with an appearance similar to that described Thursday night.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday a panic alarm was activated at the Shell station at 696 Main St. in Ansonia. Dispatch learned that a robbery had occurred.

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man wearing gray sweatpants and a black and white sweatshirt. The man attempted to rob the store, fought the clerk, then was chased by the clerk west on Division Street toward Webster Bank. Nothing was taken.

The clerk suffered a slight back injury, police said.

A photo from the Shell station shows the shirt worn by the suspect.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Ansonia Police at 203-735-1885.

Ansonia police say the man in the surveillance image above fought a clerk during a hold-up attempted Tuesday night, March 22. — Ansonia police photo

Ansonia police say the man in the surveillance image above fought a clerk during a hold-up attempted Tuesday night, March 22. — Ansonia police photo

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