Police: One Charged in Citgo Burglary; Additional Arrests Coming

Southington police said an anonymous tip led to the recent arrest of a Zwicks Farms Road resident in connection with an October burglary at the Citgo Station on Main Street. Further arrests are expected in the coming weeks, police said.

A 20-year-old Southington resident is facing various charges after police said he was involved in an October incident where multiple men entered the Citgo gas station along Main Street and proceeded to take cash and various smoke products.

Alexander Williams, 20, was taken into custody earlier this week after detectives were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest.

Williams, of 23 Zwicks Farms Road in Southington, was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Tuesday on charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing, fifth-degree larceny, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said the arrest came after police received an anonymous tip regarding a burglary at the A&J Gas Citgo at 202 Main St. in Southington on Oct. 18.

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“Shortly after the burglary, Patrol Officers received an anonymous tip which led them to Williams,” Dobratz said. “Officers interviewed Williams and during their interview, numerous items stolen during the burglary were recovered.”

“As a result of the investigation, probable cause was developed and Officers applied for a warrant for Williams.”

According to a police report, Williams and a couple others entered the gas station just before 4 a.m. and proceeded to steal cash, cigarettes, glass smoking pipes and lighters contained within the station. They then took off undetected, police said.

The store was unoccupied at the time and the burglars gained entry by breaking in, according to the report.

Detectives indicated Thursday that they are currently following leads in the case and anticipate additional arrests in the next couple weeks.

According to court records, Williams is already facing charges for an assault incident and similar burglary incident in Plymouth. Both cases stem from incidents in October 2011, court records showed.

Williams remains in state custody at Hartford Correctional Center in lieu of a $75,000 court-set bond and is due back in Bristol Superior Court on Dec. 11, according to state Department of Correction records.

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