STAMFORD, Conn. — A string of five armed robberies over the past five weeks on Stamford’s East Side have police stumped.
“We have nothing,” Lt. Diedrich Hohn said. He explained that in each case the suspects wore masks and left no evidence behind. Hohn has said he believed a group of three or four individuals who live in the area were responsible for all of the incidents.
In each of the five robberies one or two men wearing hoodies, gloves and masks walked into the establishments, pulled out handguns and demanded cash, reports from each said. All five happened close to one another, the first four taking place on Cove Road, and the most recent one on East Main Street.
The incidents began on Sept. 6 when $1,900 was taken from the Cove Mini Mart, which was hit again on Sept. 23. In both cases the suspect was about 5-foot-5. After getting the money he ran down Dale Street toward Ursula Place, Hohn said.
On Oct. 10, there were simultaneous armed robberies at the neighboring 1 La Placita Market and 2 Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant. The market holdup involved one individual, the restaurant robbery two. .
On Saturday, Oct. 13, two men robbed Fairlawn Card & Variety and one of the suspects was about 5-foot-5, like the suspect in the mini mart incidents.
Adding to the difficulty of getting good descriptions of the bandits is that several of the businesses did not have working security cameras, the lieutenant said.
Police have ruled out the likelihood that employees of the businesses involved have been working with the robbers, Hohn said.
Hohn has sent out a note asking patrol officers to stay alert when on duty in that part of the city in hopes of finding the suspects.