Trio involved in burglary lead police in a pursuit
FAIRFIELD — Police said three men broke into a service station on Black Rock Turnpike early Tuesday morning and led police in a pursuit that ended in Bridgeport.
An alarm at the Citgo station at 2515 Black Rock Turnpike around 3:30 a.m. alerted police to the break-in. When officers arrived, they found the front door damaged and left ajar. Two cash register drawers were missing.
A check of surveillance video shows a gray minivan pull up and park directly in front of the store. While the driver stayed in the van, two other men, dressed all in black and wearing gloves and masks, got out and pried the front door open. They apparently tried to move the ATM but failed. They did take the cash drawers, a rack of Newport cigarettes, cigar wrappers, and lottery tickets.
A short time later, another officer saw a gray minivan pull into the lot of a gas station next to the Black Rock Congregational Church. The officer pulled in to the gas station, and the van pulled out, leading police on a pursuit down Black Rock Turnpike. Fairfield police broke off the pursuit when it entered Interstate 95 due to the high speeds.
Connecticut State Police picked up the pursuit on the highway and, with Bridgeport police, stopped the van near Pearl Street. Three men jumped out and fled on foot, but police took two into custody.
One of the two was the driver, Paul Thompson, 23. Thompson was charged by Fairfield police with engaging in pursuit, reckless operation, and operating without a license.
Police will seek warrants for arrests in conjunction with the break-in and said they believe the trio was involved with the theft of a gun from Bass Pro Shops in Bridgeport, and a burglary at the Pickle Barrel in Stratford.
In the van, police found a yellow pry bar, cigarettes, and the two cash drawers from the Fairfield Citgo.