CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thieves use stolen car to break into Stamford gas station

It happened around 3 a.m. when two vehicles pulled into the Mobil on the corner of High Ridge Road and Cedar Heights Road.

Marissa Alter

Apr 20, 2023, 11:15 AM

Updated 396 days ago

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Security camera footage shows a brazen break-in at a gas station in Stamford early Wednesday morning. It happened around 3 a.m. when two vehicles pulled into the Mobil on the corner of High Ridge Road and Cedar Heights Road.
“One car was a Hyundai sedan, and that car was used to go up to the front doors of the gas station and not ram them open, but the car pulled up, nosed up to the doors and pushed the doors open. When the doors opened up and the glass shattered, the car backed out. Approximately seven suspects jumped out of that car and it looked like a dark SUV,” said Sgt. Sean Scanlan.
The suspects then ran in and grabbed about $400 worth of items, including lighters, vape cartridges and cigars, according to Scanlan.
“However, they did about $2,500 to $3,000 worth of damage to the door and door frame,” Scanlan said.
He told News 12 an alarm went off, alerting police and the property owner, but the thieves were already gone when they arrived.
“They're in and out of the gas station in less than about 60 seconds. Some have masks and hoods on, gloves. Others don’t. So we'll see what we get as far as evidence there with what we collected,” Scanlan explained.
Both vehicles used in the break-in were stolen out of Yonkers, according to police.
“The owner of the sedan didn’t even know her car was stolen when we called. She thought it was still outside on the street,” Scanlan said.
He told News 12 the car was found abandoned on Nichols Avenue, which is about a mile from the gas station, while officers in the Bronx located the SUV on Thursday. Both vehicles will be processed by investigators.
“We're working with our partners in Connecticut, Westchester, the NYPD to develop some suspects and move forward,” Scanlan said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Stamford police at 203-977-TIPS or text 'Tip2SPD' plus your message to 274637.
The gas station repaired the doors in less than 24 hours. The only evidence it was ever a crime scene is a few bits of broken glass still on the ground.


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