Police Say They ID'd Man in Banana Crash and Grab

Newington police said they have identified the man suspected in a bizarre crime early Wednesday morning. They said he backed an SUV into a Connecticut gas station, stole a banana, ate it and left in the damaged vehicle.

Police responded to the Citgo Gas Station, located at 502 Cedar Street, after a burglary alarm went off at 1:48 a.m. on Wednesday and noticed extensive damage to the doors, police said. 

When they reviewed surveillance video, they saw a light-colored Ford Freestyle station wagon with Connecticut registration plates back into the store door several times and break the glass.

Then, a man went into the store, took a banana from a shelf, peeled it, ate the fruit and left the store, police said. 

The man was not wearing a mask, did not try to conceal his face and did not take anything else, police said.

As you can see from the photo, the man was wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and a brown hat. He fled in the same car, which has damage to the driver’s side rear bumper and tail light.

Police said today that they have identified him. The case remains under investigation. No arrest has been made and police said they will release the man's name if and when an arrest is made.

Anyone with information should call Newington Police at (860) 666-8445.

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