A Shelton man, awaiting trial on a charge of robbing a Fairfield bakery in April, was charged Friday in connection with later robberies in Fairfield and Stratford.

Christopher French, 36, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Police said that shortly after 7 a.m. May 4, an employee of the Two-Fold Laundry on Boston Avenue in Stratford was opening up the shop when he was approached by French who asked him about his prices. Police said French pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

The employee opened the cash register and French grabbed the money, police said. French then shoved the employee inside a basement door and fled, police said.

A few hours later, police said French walked into the Sahara Tanning Salon on the Post Road, pointed a gun at the female employee and demanded money. Police said he fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

French was later arrested in connection with the April 29 robbery of Adam's Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike.

Police said French was subsequently identified as the person who robbed the laundromat and tanning salon.

And police said they expect to charge French in connection with three robberies in Bridgeport.

All the crimes were committed while French was on parole for prior robbery convictions, police said.