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Police investigate series of robberies

Published 10:48 am, Monday, January 21, 2013
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New Milford police and State Police Troop L in Litchfield are not saying if they believe the three robbery attempts in New Milford and Kent since Christmas Eve were made by the same person.

The Dunkin' Donuts on Park Lane Road in New Milford was the scene of a Friday robbery when a party drove through the drive up window at approximately 7:45 p.m. and displayed a handgun, police said.

The party, driving a black Chevy Trailblazer, left traveling westbound, the coffee shop's employee told police, with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Troop L and Brookfield police were both notified. No arrest had been by Monday morning.

Lt. Tim Loomis of Troop L said Monday the incident is under investigation, as are two incidents that occurred on Jan. 9 and Christmas Eve in Kent. No further information was available, Lt. Loomis said.

On Jan 9, an armed gunman was reportedly found in the cargo area of an unlocked car parked at Bull's Bridge Inn in Kent at approximately 9 p.m. when a couple exited the inn, police said.

The gunman ordered the couple to keep driving the car but they escaped, police said, and the gunman fled with the wife's purse.

The gunman was described as a thin, white male in his 20s, with possibly brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

A third robbery took place on Christmas Eve at the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant in Kent. A man entered through a back door next to the kitchen about 11:30 p.m., flashed a silver handgun and demanded money, according to state police.

The gunman drove away in the restaurant owner's car and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The car was located in New Milford the next day, police reported.

State police are asking anyone with information regarding any of these incidents to call Troop L barracks at 860-626-7900.

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