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Cops: Gas station burglars torch stolen car

Published 12:49 pm, Monday, October 7, 2013
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A break-in at a Black Rock Turnpike gas station early Saturday led police to an Audi on fire in Trumbull.

Police were notified of an active alarm at the Citgo station at 2515 Black Rock Turnpike shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday and arrived to find the front door pried open. There were several packs of cigarettes on the floor behind the cash register and shelving was knocked over. Video from a surveillance camera showed two men pull up to the station around the time of the alarm in a gray four-door Audi. The pair -- one was wearing a black ski mask covering his face and gloves -- are seen trying to force the door open. One was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants; the other was dressed in a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with dark pants.

About 45 minutes after police here began their investigation, Trumbull police discovered an unoccupied gray Audi engulfed in flames on Woodhaven Drive, near the Monroe border. It is believed to be the same Audi involved in the Citgo burglary.

Police said the owner of the Audi, who lives in Monroe, was contacted and said his car was missing. He told police he last saw the vehicle around 8 p.m. Friday.

There are similar burglaries at service stations being investigated in Shelton and Newtown, police said.