SOUTHINGTON – A Waterbury man was charged Friday with committing a string of robberies at convenience stores and gas stations in town over a two-week span earlier this year.
Jeffrey Stokarski, 43, is accused of hitting four stores or gas stations from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8, police said. All the establishments were on the Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, police said. In two instances, the suspect robbed the same Henn Penny convenience store twice in one week. The same clerk was working both times, police said. In one of the Henny Penny robberies, the thief was armed with a screw driver which he used to pry the register open.
In two other robberies that took place on Jan. 6 at a Mobil gas station and Jan. 8 at a Food Bag, the robber was armed with a knife, police said.
Each time, the suspect left with cash from the register, police said. During three of the robberies, the man also took cartons of cigarettes.
Stokarski was served with four arrest warrants at Bristol Superior Court charging him three counts of first-degree robbery, third-degree robbery and several counts of larceny. He was held on $450,000 bond following his arraignment Friday.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.