#Bridgeport Police Update: A city man was arrested Saturday after holding up a gas station at knifepoint — possibly in order to get cash to buy a female acquaintance a birthday present.
Stefano Carcino, 25, faces a charge of first-degree robbery in connection with a hold-up at the Shell Gas Station at 4402 Main St.< Saturday morning. He listed his address as a halfway house in Bridgeport
No one was injured. And police received key information: A license plate number of the car in which the suspect fled. That information started an investigation that ultimately led to an afternoon arrest.
Detectives Barbara Gonzalez and Robert Sherback and Sgt. James Kirkland got the case. Detectives spoke to the witnesses. They ran the car registration in the state database and discovered it came back to a female. They checked out the address. They also noticed that it was the owner’s birthday Saturday. As they brainstormed, they came up with a theory: Perhaps the robber held up the gas station so he could buy this woman a birthday present. It might have been a long shot, but they acted on it.
The two detectives drove to the Trumbull Mall. They drove though row after row of cars looking for the vehicle but didn’t find it. When the hunch didn’t seem to pan out, they started driving back to police headquarters.
Then they passed the intersection of Old Town Road and Main Street. According to Gonzalez, they noticed a car matching the description parked outside a bank. There was a man standing outside of it. They saw the license plate and it matched the getaway car. The detectives called for patrol units and a few minutes later, the male suspect and his female companion were detained. Detectives went to the Shell station and transported two witnesses to the location. The witnesses positively identified the suspect as the robber from earlier in the day.
Later, when police interviewed the woman, she stated that she and Carcino were en route to the Trumbull Mall when police detained them. She stated that they were going to the 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.”
#Bridgeport CT–Just before 1pm Police located a black Ford Taurus wanted in connection to a robbery at the Shell Gas Station on upper Main Street near Vincellette Street. The car was parked at the TD Bank just up the block from the gas station. Police set up a perimeter and apprehend the
The man was positively identified and taken into custody. This is very early on in the investigation but if I get any more information I’ll let you know on