Police arrest three in connection with armed robbery of McDonald's
Published 1:04 am, Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Police arrested three men in connection with the Jan. 11 armed robbery of McDonald's at 701 Post Road E. and are investigating a possible connection to the December armed robbery behind the Westport Weston Family Y.
Arrested Friday on charges of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny was Andrew C. Danzey, 20, of Norwalk. Carlos Navarette, 19, of Norwalk, was arrested on the same charges Saturday morning. And, later that day, police took into custody Titus Snyder, 20, of Fairfield, and charged him with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny.
According to an incident report, the suspects entered McDonald's just after midnight and demanded cash from employees. They were reportedly dressed in all black, with masks and gloves, and armed with a knife and handgun.
"Everything is a priority, but you get a violent crime -- and obviously these people in our opinion were violent people -- so they are people that needed to be caught and we did throw whatever resources we had," said Lt. Vincent Penna of the Westport Police Department.
Earlier this week, detectives from the Westport Police Department developed unspecified information that evidence from the McDonald's robbery was found in a home on Winfield Street in Norwalk. On Friday, members of the Westport Police Department, with the assistance of detectives from the Norwalk Police Department, executed the search warrant at the Winfield Street address.
Navarette, who had an outstanding arrest warrant for robbery from the Norwalk Police Department, was arrested while police conducted a search of the apartment.
"Once he was arrested, he was interviewed and confessed and then the ball started rolling and we continued executing search warrants at two separate locations," Penna said.
The information received during the interview with Navarette led to the application for both a search warrant and arrest warrant for Danzey. Although police could not locate him initially, his family was contacted and Danzey turned himself in to the Westport Police Department without incident on Saturday, according to a police report. Snyder was located later that evening in Fairfield.
"Is it common here for us to get violent felonies? No, because of ... the demographics of our town, but it does happen here and the economy being what it is, you're also going to see more of an uptick in crime," Penna said.
He added, "If you're asking me if we're busier, I would definitely say, `Yes.' Are we getting take-over robberies every week? No, and I hope we don't. It's just a natural progression because of economic factors. People are desperate in these times."
The McDonald's robbery occurred three weeks after an armed robbery outside the Westport Weston Family Y, located at 59 Post Road E., on Dec. 23. During that incident, two women were walking to their cars when a man with a gun took their purses, according to police. A possible link between that and the McDonald's robbery is being investigated.
"There are some similarities [in the cases]," Penna said. "Criminals typically choose a particular crime and typically stick to that crime. ... If we get a case that's similar, then we obviously try to make a correlation between the two."
Danzey is being held at Westport Police Headquarters in lieu of a $100,000 bond, while Navarette remains in the custody of Norwalk police in relation to an unrelated robbery charge. Snyder is being held at Westport Police Headquarters in lieu of a $200,000 bond.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Philip Restieri at (203) 341-6025.