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Southington gas station robbed by carpet knife-wielding suspect

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Surveillance photo of the suspect inside the Winzz Gas and Goods in Waterbury. (Southington police photo) Surveillance photo of the suspect inside the Winzz Gas and Goods in Waterbury. (Southington police photo)
The red or maroon Oldsmobile Alero police said the suspect may have been driving. (Southington police photo) The red or maroon Oldsmobile Alero police said the suspect may have been driving. (Southington police photo)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A man brandishing a silver retractable carpet knife robbed a gas station in Southington on Feb. 7, police said.

It happened at the Kaival Food Mart and Gulf Gas Station on the Meriden Waterbury Turnpike.

Police said he may also be a suspect in Waterbury and Wolcott cases as well.

The suspect ran toward the counter, jumped over it, grabbed the clerk by the shirt and pulled him toward the cash register, according to investigators.

Police said he then ordered the clerk to open the register where he took approximately $180 from the cash drawers and at least one of the drawers itself.

The man is described as 5'10" tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds with dark hair. He wore dark ankle boots, black wind pants with a light-colored stripe down the outside of both legs and a white-colored hoodie.

The suspect was also wearing a black jacket turned inside-out with a gray hood attached to it. A white tag was seen on the rear of the jacket between the suspect's shoulder blades.

A turquoise blue ski-like mask covered the lower half of his face and he wore baggy white socks with mittens taped around his wrist, police said.

Investigators believe they found a cash register drawer later that night in the garbage can of the Winzz Gas and Goods at 3484 East Main Street in Waterbury. They believe the drawer was from the convenience store in Southington.

Video surveillance from the Winzz showed a man enter that store and later, throw something in the trash. Police said the suspect then drive away in a red or maroon Oldsmobile Alero with a rear spoiler.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lewis Palmieri of the Investigative Services Division of the Southington Police Department at 860-378-1646.

Police said all information would be kept confidential.

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