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Multiple businesses from 3 nearby towns robbed at gunpoint within hours of each other

The male pictured above is believed to be the suspect or one of the suspects involved in these incidents.

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — Two Naugatuck liquor stores, two Waterbury businesses, and two Watertown liquor stores have been robbed at gunpoint just hours apart from one another on Friday night.

Police said at around 6 p.m., Cork and Keg Liquors, located at 430 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect is described by witnesses as a male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and a blue mask (see photo above). The suspect left the store on foot down Rubber Avenue and officers immediately swept the area and a K9 was brought in to attempt to find him. 

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An hour later across town at Cross Point Liquors on New Haven Road, a suspect matching that same description, and believed to be the same man, robbed that store at gunpoint, according to police. 

Naugatuck Police are currently working to locate and identify this suspect. They urge the public to come forward with any information regarding the robberies. You're asked to contact 203-729-5222, or the police confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.

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The Waterbury police department also received complaints on Friday night of two armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery. Each time, it was reported an unknown male entered the business and pulled out a firearm at an employee. Nobody was injured during the incidents.

Police said at 7 p.m., the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1164 Baldwin Street was robbed, at 7:04 p.m., the Hopeville Package Store was attempted at being robbed but the suspect ran off before taking anything and at 8:08 p.m., the Mobil Gas Station at 2073 North Main Street was robbed.

Police said it appears to be the same male suspect for these incidents and that there appears to be a connection between these incidents and the robberies in Naugatuck. 

Waterbury police are working closely with investigators from those neighboring locations. Anyone with information is asked to contact the WPD Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (203) 755-1234.

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Watertown police said they're also investigating two separate but believed to be related armed robberies on Friday. 

Police said at approximately 7:21 p.m., a male wearing a two-tone light gray sweatshirt with a dark hood and sleeve, jeans a baseball hat and a blue cloth mask robbed the Oakville Wine and Liquor Store at 384 Buckingham Street. The man had a small black handgun and pressed it to the head of a victim. Then he left the store and confronted a person in the store who was entering. 

At 7:29 p.m., a man who's believed to be the same person entered The Wine Rack at 764 Main street and robbed a victim at gunpoint. 

Police are potentially looking for a small white SUV, potentially a RAV-4, but investigators are asking the public for information on any suspicious vehicles stopped in the area. Investigators are working with the two towns and others that had similar crimes occur on Friday. 

Anyone with information on the male or vehicles is asked to call Watertown Police at 860-945-5200 or Crimestoppers at 860-945-9940 for an anonymous cash reward. Information can be sent to Tips@Watertownctpd.org.


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