NORWALK, Conn. A Norwalk man who reported he had been robbed at gunpoint Sunday was arrested himself when Norwalk Police decided he had actually been the thief. His brother was also arrested. Roy Thompson, 49, and Tony Thompson, 45, both of 107 South Main St., were charged with threatening second degree and conspiracy. Roy Thompson was also charged with falsely reporting an incident second degree. Bond for both was $1,500.
Roy Thompson called 911 at 9:33 p.m. Sunday to say he had been robbed at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hemlock Place by "five Mexican men" who left in a white pickup truck. Thompson told police that he and his brother had been out for a leisurely post-hurricane walk and had seen the Mexicans near a trail that goes between Olean Street and Chestnut Street, an area known for drug activity, according to Sgt. James Boff. The Thompsons kept walking and the men asked them if they wanted to buy a lawn mower, according to the police account. Boff said Roy Thompson replied, "No, Poppy," and kept walking. The man who offered the mower followed him and tried to hit him. Another man pulled a gun.
Thompson provided the license plate number and said there was a lawn mower in the back, but could not describe the firearm, according to Boff.
Police spotted the truck on Lowe Street. Believing the three Hispanic men might be armed, they were treated as a threat and told to lay face down on the ground.
Meanwhile, police were getting complaints about a disturbance on Lexington Avenue, a short distance away.
Thompson and his brother were arguing with the man he said had tried to sell them the lawnmower, Boff said. The man and his wife were being threatened with the phrase "We know where you live, we're going to get you."
The man told police his lawn mower had been stolen. He said it was in the back of his truck when he went to bed at 3:30 a.m. Saturday but when he looked out at 10 a.m. it was gone. His wife called police, who were busy with storm damage. She was told to come to headquarters later and file a report.
The man told police he went outside and spotted a trail of little tire tracks in debris from the storm. It led from his driveway to Olean Street and over the hill to Chestnut. There were clumps of grass on the trail, over the storm debris.
He found his lawnmower buried under foliage and called some friends to help him retrieve it.
The man told police that while they were doing that the Thompsons came around and threatened them.
Boff said Thompson's story changed after the victim relayed his story. He said he had been robbed by eight or nine Hispanic men. Follow The Daily Norwalk on Facebook.
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