Police make quick work of robbery case

Eric Peil
Eric Peil

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck police have charged a 29-year-old Prospect man with robbing the Cumberland Farms on North Main Street.

Eric Peil, of 30 Lee Road, Prospect, was charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace in connection with the robbery that took place at about 11:45 p.m. the same day.

Police said Peil entered the store wearing a hoodie and a mask, and asked the clerk to “give him the money.” Peil didn’t display a weapon, police said, but kept his hand inside the pocket of the sweatshirt during the robbery.

The clerk gave Peil less than $100 in cash from the register, police reported, and Peil fled in a silver Subaru with New Hampshire plates.

A Connecticut state trooper located the car a short time later in Waterbury and detained Peil. Naugatuck detectives investigating the robbery responded to Waterbury and discovered evidence that connected Peil to the case, police said.

Piel was held on a $150,000 bond and scheduled to appear this morning in Waterbury Superior Court.