Police are searching for the man who attempted to rob the Citgo gas station on New Haven Road in Naugatuck with a knife Tuesday night then about a half hour later robbed the Citgo gas station on Union City Road in Prospect.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Naugatuck police received a 911 call from the clerk of the gas station, located at 800 New Haven Road, reporting that an attempted robbery had just occurred, police said.
Police said the man purchased a drink at about 7:35 p.m. and after receiving his change, pulled out a knife and demanded money from the register. The clerk was able to fight the suspect off, police said. The suspect fled the scene on foot without stealing any money or items from the store. No one was hurt during the incident, police said.
A police canine tracked the scent of the suspect to the Naugatuck Motor Lodge at 732 New Haven Road before losing the scent. The suspect was described as a heavy-set white male, between 40 and 50 years old, wearing blues jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue checkered flannel shirt over the sweatshirt, which had a large rip in the back, and white sneakers.
In Prospect, state police received a call at 8:12 p.m. reporting a robbery at the Citgo at 20 Union City Road.
The suspect, believed to be the same man, displayed the handle of a gold pocket knife, but not the blade, state police said. The suspect took over $1,000 and a pack of cigarettes, and fled on foot towards Schoolhouse Road, state police said.
Prospect Resident State Trooper Matt Comeau said state police are working together with Naugatuck police to investigate the cases. Naugatuck police have taken the lead on the investigation.
Naugatuck Det. Ronald Pugliese said the cases appear to also be connected to recent similar robberies in Milford and Stratford.
On Friday a man robbed the Subway at 1367 New Haven Ave., Milford, with a knife. On Saturday a man robbed the Gulf gas station located at 245 Honeyspot Road in Stratford again with a knife. Surveillance footage shows the suspect appears to be the same man.
“We’re pretty confident they’re connected,” Pugliese said.
Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call Pugliese at the Naugatuck Police Department, (203) 729-5222.