Police arrested three men in connection to an apparent armed robbery at a Mobil gas station in West Hartford after one of them dropped a wallet containing his identification and police tracked down a stolen cell phone to the address listed on the card.
The men — Randall Michaels, 32, Timothy Warren, 49, and Keith Warren, 37, — who are facing multiple charges in the robbery are also suspects in other crimes in West Hartford and Newington police have also interviewed them in robberies in that neighboring town, police said.
Police responded to the Mobil gas station at 55 Kane Street in West Hartford on Monday at 9:11 a.m. after two men robbed a store at apparent gunpoint, stealing a victim's cell phone, police said. The gun turned out to be a facsimile gun, but it looked like a real semi-automatic firearm, police said.
No one was injured.
As one of the suspects, Michaels, climed off of the store counter, his wallet fell out of his pocket. It containted an ID listing 24 Merril Street as his address. Police also used an iPhone tracking application to trace where a cell phone stolen in the robbery was located and it was in the area of that address.
Officers looking for a black Nissan with a Florida registration plate the suspects were believed to be in at one point found a car matching the description behind an apartment building lot at that address. Clothing fitting the victim's description of what the suspects were wearing was in plain view in the car and police found the three suspects in an apartment in that building.
As police swept the area, they found evidence of the robbery in plain sight, police said and the victim successfull identified two of the suspects as the people who robbed the store, police said.
Police charged Michaels with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, brandishing a facsimile firearm and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Timothy Warren and his nephew, Keith are facing charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
Police are holding the men on $350,000 bonds.
Timothy Warren is wanted by Hartford police in a robbery.
All three suspects are believed to be involved in area robberies. Newington police are looking into whether they were also involved in robberies in their town.