Possible serial convenience store robber hitting eastern Connecticut


(WTNH) — Police in five shoreline towns are investigating a string of convenience store robberies. Businesses have been hit in Ledyard, Montville, Groton, New London and Stonington.

One clerk victimized says the suspect hung out by a cooler for a little while, taking a soda out and putting it back, waiting for other customers to leave, but that’s not the only reason he appeared suspicious.

“Sunglasses in the nighttime, so it was weird,” said Sunoco clerk Shahzeb Ali.

Ali is one of five clerks from five different stores who came face-to-face with the man police believe is responsible for a string of recent robberies. The thief, armed with a gun, wears a hooded sweatshirt and what appears to be the same gloves each time.

“He was wearing yellow gloves and tried to pretend like it was cold, but that day it was like 60 degrees,” said Ali.

He says the man put some drinks on the counter, along with a white bag, and told him to put the money in it.

“He said the money in the register, then he showed me the gun,” said Ali. “I told him I’m covered with the cameras all over so I cannot do that, so he just looked at me and then he turned over and got off on the street.”

An hour later police believe the same man hit a Henny Penny in Stonington. He is also believed to have robbed Henny Pennys in Ledyard on Monday and Groton last Thursday. The rash of robberies began March 22 with a hold up at Chucky’s in Montville.

“He did not get anything from here,” said Ali. “I don’t know what to say, but we are lucky.”

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call any of the five police departments.

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