Man arrested in connection to gas station robbery in East Haven from July

Courtesy: East Haven Police Department

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven Police have arrested a man in connection to a gas station robbery in East Haven from July.

Police say they arrested 36-year-old Christopher Francis in connection to the robbery at the Sunoco Gas Station on Frontage Road in East Haven that happened on July 8th.

On July 8th, officers were called to the Sunoco Gas Station for a report of a robbery. When they arrived, it was determined that an unarmed white man entered the gas station and put a couple of small items on the sales counter before handing the employee a dollar bill. When the employee opened the cash register, police say Francis jumped onto the counter and grabbed at the cash in the open cash register.

The employee told officers that he tried to stop Francis from reaching into the cash draw, but was overpowered by Francis. Francis allegedly forced the employee to back away, which allowed him to grab cash from the drawer.

Officers say Francis fled the area in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was later determined to be a rental car.

Through an investigation with help from the community, officers learned that Francis was responsible for the Sunoco robbery. They say they also learned that he was a suspect in an attempted robbery at the TA Travel Center in Branford earlier that evening.

On Wednesday, officers took Francis into custody while he was attending court for an unrelated matter. They are charging him with robbery and larceny. He was held on a $30,000 bond and was in court on Thursday.