NORTH HAVEN — A Wallingford man accused of robbing the Exxon gas station on Route 5 last month reportedly threatened to shoot the store clerk.
Joseph Arcangelo, 31, of Wallingford, is charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.
On Jan. 18 around 9:25 a.m., a man walked into the Exxon Gas Station, 77 Washington Ave., and passed a note to an employee that read: “Please don’t call police or don’t hit your emergency button otherwise I will shoot you I have a gun in my pocket. Open your register,” according to Arcangelo’s arrest warrant.
The suspect, later identified as Arcangelo, was seen on security video pulling a handgun from the small of his back and reaching over the counter to take cash from the register as the employee crouched on the floor, the warrant said.
Officers sent images from the security video to other police departments and were contacted within minutes by an East Haven officer, who identifyied the suspect as Arcangelo, the warrant said. The officer was familiar with Arcangelo from previous arrests. A North Haven officer and the store clerk also identified the suspect as Arcangelo.
Arcangelo was charged on Jan. 22, then released on $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on March 14.