Fairfield Police charge man who allegedly staged a robbery
FAIRFIELD — A man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint last December has himself been charged in connection with that incident.
Milton Jones, 22, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning and charged with fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and criminal liability for the acts of others.
Jones, who was working for U-Haul on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport at the time, called police Dec. 31 to report the alleged robbery. He said he was making a night deposit for U-Haul at the Bank of America branch on the Post Road in Fairfield. Jones told police a man, dressed in black and wearing a mask, approached him when he got out of his car and tried to hit him in the face with a gun.
He said he fell to the ground, and lost his grip on the night deposit bag, which the masked man grabbed and ran off with. The bag contained $778 in cash.
But police, and security at the bank, began to doubt Jones’ story after viewing surveillance video of the robbery, which they said appeared to be staged.
During an investigation, police learned that Jones met with the other man in order to sell him some marijuana, and had given him a ride to another business in Fairfield on the Post Road.
Jones, who turned himself in at police headquarters, was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on May 5.