NORWALK, Conn. — Skilled police questioning helped to get two robbery suspects to confess and implicate their confederates in three January armed robberies in the city, Norwalk Police said.
Anthony Thompkins, 25, of Sheridan Street is facing first-degree robbery charges and other theft-related charges in connection with the robberies at Shorehaven Mobil gas station, Rainbow News & Variety and Brothers J&M grocery store, Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Thomas Mattera said.
He was arrested when he appeared in Norwalk court Friday morning on other charges. Bond was set at a total of $225,000 for the three robberies.
Matera praised the work of Detectives John Sura, John Taranto and Daniel Fitzmaurice in getting two of the suspects to confess and implicate others in the robberies. He expects the others involved to be arrested in the next two weeks.
Thompkins was already in custody on other charges. He was one of four young men arrested on drug and weapons charges after a Norwalk Police officer, acting on a report of a suspicious vehicle on Jan. 22, found marijuana, a stolen Smith & Wesson handgun and a facsimile handgun in the vehicle.
In the robberies, two armed men wearing ski masks entered the 219 East Ave. gas station on Jan. 6 at about 11:50 p.m., pulled out handguns and ordered the employees to the ground, police said. Five days later, two men also wearing ski masks and displaying handguns robbed the Brothers J&M grocery store at 9 Bouton St. at 9:45 p.m., police said. They were able to flee with some cash, police said.
On Jan. 14, two armed men entered Rainbow News & Variety at 205 Main Ave. and robbed the business of cash after they pointed guns at the store employee, police said.
Thompkins was held on $100,000 bond on prior charges of stealing a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.