Torrington Police Arrest Suspected Diner Robber

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    Torrington Police Department
    Chris Donaghy, 54, and Amber LeBlanc, 32, were arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a Torrington diner on Sept. 22.

    Torrington police have arrested the woman who they say is responsible for the armed robbery of a local diner early Sunday morning.

    Her suspected getaway driver was also arrested.

    Thirty-two-year-old Amber LeBlanc, of 367 Migeon Avenue, was arrested early Friday and charged with first-degree robbery.

    Police say LeBlanc is the suspect in the armed robbery of a AC Eatery at 601 South Main Street. The robbery happened around 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 22

    When police arrived at the diner, witnesses told them the robber walked into the restaurant, pointed a dark-colored semiautomatic handgun and demanded money, authorities said.

    An employee handed over money from the cash register. The suspect then walked to the corner of Palmer Bridge Street and Park Avenue, where she got into the passenger side of a dark-colored pickup truck and drove off, according to police.

    The investigation led police to question LeBlanc on Sept. 26.

    When police first met with LeBlanc, they found her in possession of crack cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia, authorities said..

    She was taken into custody and charged with possession of crack-cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of narcotics in a school zone.

    LeBlanc was later charged with robbery, police said.

    She was held on a $500,000 bond and was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on Friday morning.

    LeBlanc's alleged getaway driver, 54-year-old Chris Donaghy, of 162 Pierce Street, was also arrested on Friday after police found him driving the suspected getaway truck, authorities said. 

    He was charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Donaghy is held on a $500,000 bond and is due in court Monday.

    Police are still investigating.