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[Update] West Hartford Police Charge Suspect in Robbery of Gas Station Convenience Store

Robert Escobar. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

[Updated, 9:20 p.m.] West Hartford Police said that the Sunoco at 669 Farmington Ave. has been robbed four times since June 2017, and on Thursday evening they took a suspect into custody.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police distributed surveillance photos to media on Thursday of a suspect who they believed was responsible for four robberies of the same gas station convenience store, and Thursday night reported that a suspect was taken into custody.

Police said that they canvassed the neighborhood surrounding the Sunoco Station at 669 Farmington Ave., which has been robbed four times in the past five months, and located and identified a suspect.

Robert Escobar, 62, of Oxford Street in Hartford, was taken into custody without incident at his residence and has been charged in the Nov. 29 robbery.

Escobar has been charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny, and is being held on $100,000 surety bond.

Police said that warrants are pending for the three other robberies.

Original Story

The convenience store at the Sunoco Station at 669 Farmington Ave. was robbed just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, and West Hartford Police believe that the same suspect may be responsible for three other robberies at the same station that have occurred in the past five months.

The suspect has implied that he had a gun in all four incidents, police said.

Police said that the suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male in his 40s or 50s with a tattoo on his left forearm that was visible in the surveillance photo taken on June 28.

Police have released surveillance photos from all four robberies and believe that the man may live nearby because he has been witnessed multiple times fleeing on foot in the direction of Farmington Avenue and North Beacon Street.

The robberies occurred on June 28 at 2:22 p.m., Oct. 22 at 4:31 p.m., Nov. 9 at 6:32 p.m., and Nov. 29 at 5:58 p.m.

Anyone with any information about the suspect, or information about these cases, is asked to call West Hartford Police at 860-523-5203.

Nov. 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

Oct. 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

June 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

Nov. 9, 2017. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

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1 Comment

  • Anyone else notice that he was careful to wear different clothes each time but had on the same old Nike sneakers?
    Kudos to WHPD for nabbing the guy and to Sunoco for having some decent cameras in the store.

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