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Arrest After Early Morning Gas Station Robbery

City man caught on tape stealing several cartons of cigarettes from the Shell on Middlebury Road.

A Bridgeport man was arrested in Middlebury Thursday morning as a suspect in the smash-and-grab robbery of a local Shell Gas Station after being caught on video and discovered later that day with the merchandise.

Middlebury police were dispatched to an alarm at the Shell Gas Station located at 520 Middlebury Road at 3:18 a.m., where they discovered a rock thrown through the front glass door.

Officers checked the business but did not locate any suspects, Middlebury acting Chief Richard Wildman said Thursday, however a review of the security footage showed a man entering the store and taking some cartons of cigarettes before leaving. Police put together a description of the suspect using the tape and sent that information to all local law enforcement agencies.

During the investigation, Middlebury officer Antony Kalvaitis saw a man matching the description riding a bicycle south on Route 63, near Maples Restaurant. When officers Kalvaitis and Patrick Deely approached, the man allegedly tried to hide several cartons of cigarettes in his hoodie.

The man, identified as Edgardo Luis Martinez, 38, of Main Street, Bridgeport, also had a “visible cut,” presumably from the glass door of the Shell Station, according to police, which was treated by officers.

Martinez was taken into custody without incident on charges of larceny in the sixth degree and held on $100,000 bond pending arraignment in Waterbury Superior Court.

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Wessam Ahmed October 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I would like to thank the Middlebury Police Officers for the job they did today. Very quick response/action had this sucker behind bars in no time!! Stop by soon guys!! Wes @ Middlebury Shell
Lori October 19, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Thank you Middlebury Police Dept. for all your hard work! Especially the past couple of weeks ;)
Jaimie Cura October 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
It's definitely been a few wild weeks, that's for sure.
Middlebury Parks and Recreation October 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thank you Middlebury Police for keeping our residents safe!
John Maleto October 27, 2012 at 09:00 AM
The boys in blue r very busy, working alot of hours. Bad man out of Bridgeport. Boy those guys are starting to deal with the worse of the worse.

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