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Police: East Haven Verizon Store Robbed at Knifepoint Wednesday Night

The Verizon Wireless store along Frontage Drive was robbed by two male suspects with knives Wednesday evening, according to East Haven Police.

The following is a press release from the East Haven Police Department.

On February 20, 2013, East Haven Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Verizon Wireless store, 96 Frontage Road, East Haven, CT.

Two males entered the store and began inquiring about purchasing cell phones and were discussing phone plans when both suspects pulled knives out of their pockets and demanded money.

The suspects stole over $500.00 from the register along with the employee’s wallet, and then fled on foot eastbound towards Sunoco gas station.

Suspect #1 is described as a white male 6’00” – 6’-01”, 150 pounds, with very short hair and a short beard, wearing a black heavy North Face jacket, black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and wearing black cloth winter gloves. Suspect 1 displayed a knife with a brown handle.

Suspect #2 is described as a Hispanic male, 6’00” – 6’-01”, 200 pounds, with long black hair in a ponytail, wearing a black heavy North Face jacket, navy blue hooded sweatshirt, lighter blue colored baggy jeans, and wearing black cloth winter gloves.

No vehicles used in this incident are known at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820.

Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Think about this just for a minute. Two men armed with knives rob the store employee. Now what if this store employee was armed with nothing more then a mace type spray, attached to his/her belt or someplace reachable real quick. What are the chances the robbery would not have been completed. No gun mind you. But here is what would or could happen. Bad guys sprayed, very painfull to the eyes by the way, blinded, they run out, can't see, run onto Frontage Rd and get hit by a car. Bad guys sue Verizon and win. What a country!! I think the Patch should check with Verizon Corp. headquarters and get their ruling as to employees carrying mace, or one better, being armed. Remember, never bring a knife to a gun fight.
Lance Coughlin February 22, 2013 at 04:13 AM
had they been stopped prior for looking suspicious the officer would be risking their job since one of the men was hispanic.
David February 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Or better yet, why didn't the EHPD pul one of their customary tricks and arrest the first Hispanic that they saw...falsify the sworn police report,.... Beat the guy up....then portray themselves as heroes for solving this awful crime? They would have, of course, been promoted for their acts of bravery and courage.
linda February 23, 2013 at 01:10 AM
@ David, this comment was just not necessary,
Flowers February 23, 2013 at 01:45 AM
The EHPD has a very good record of getting their man and I expect this case will be solved and an arrest made.
Ho_hum February 23, 2013 at 04:57 AM
David is right on the money, Linda. The truth hurts...
Ho_hum February 23, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Flowers is high. I'm sure of it.
David February 23, 2013 at 01:21 PM
To all above, if my comment was too strongly worded and offended anybody, I apologize. My viewpoint was responsive to lance coughlin's comment above. Lance is a former East Haven cop who is now a practicing attorney in East Haven. I take it personal when i read posts from individuals that purport to say that the whole racial profiling profile is fabricated, or is a witch-hunt with no factual foundation. Most people who have dealt personally with the 2007-2012 EHPD know first-hand that the brutality delivered by SOME (not all) EHPD officers during this period is real. Instead of admitting that, and accepting that, then working to change it (for the better of all East Haven residents) some people senselessly defend it and conjure incredulous excuses as to why this is all made up and never happened. Lance Coughlin is an attorney, and ironically, we're a plaintiff to emerge to sue vorizon as Richard Poulton suggested (which is all nothing more than nonsensical hyperbole) Lance Coughlin would have been the first to represent him. I just get tired of the hypocritical rhetoric. The problems with EHPD and the racial profiling scandal were caused exclusively by the few bad officers of EHPD itself. I wouldn't put it past them, literally, to have had arrested a wrong Hispanic just to close the case. Let's just really be honest for one minute here.
Richard Poulton February 23, 2013 at 02:05 PM
And David, my suggstion that if these 2 were infact injured like I said, in today's world Verizon would be in court quicker then you think. Besides I was just throwing a little humor into the mix.
Robert Baratta February 23, 2013 at 03:58 PM
PD cannot be everywhere all the time. Positive policing is an interaction between the public and law enforcement. If they get maced and run onto the highway and get run over then that is a direct result of the crime.They both decided to commit a robbery and a violent act with weapons namely knives and the result of that is never good. They are actually very lucky if there was an armed permit holding gun carrying individual trained in that store as a customer then the outcome would have been very different.

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