PD: Man robs gas station to buy woman b-day gift

Stefano Carcino

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A Bridgeport man was arrested for holding up a gas station Saturday morning so he could buy a woman a birthday present later that day.

Police say 25-year-old Stefano Carcino was arrested for robbing the Shell Gas Station at 4402 Main Street at knife-point. No one was injured and police were given his license plate number after he fled.

The car registration was then ran in the state database and police discovered it was owned by a woman. They noticed that it was also the owner of the car’s birthday.

Officers came up with a theory that the robber held up the gas station in order to buy the woman a birthday present.

Officers then drove to the Trumbull Mall to see if that car was parked there. When they didn’t find it and began driving back to the police station, the officers noticed a car matching the description was parked outside a bank. They then saw Carcino standing outside the car.

gas station robbery

Carcino and the woman were detained and police brought witnesses from the gas station to positively identify the suspect.

Carcino, who listed his address as a halfway house in Bridgeport, was charged with robbery.

The woman he was with told police that when they were detained, she and Carcino were on their way to the Trumbull Mall so Carcino could buy her a new dress for her birthday.

“This was outstanding work by detectives,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “They worked with the leads they had, developed a theory, played a hunch and nailed it. Their instincts were spot on.”

The woman is not facing any charges at this time.

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