Report by Paula Antolini
September 14, 2018 6:54PM EDT
Bethel Police Interrupt a Gas Station Burglary in Progress
Fabian Rodriguez (dob 4/12/84) of 64 Jewett Street in Ansonia, CT, was arrested on Mount Pleasant Road on 9/14/18 and charged with attempted burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, interfering with police, larceny of a vehicle and criminal mischief.
On September 14, 2018 at approximately 4:06am Bethel Police interrupted a commercial burglary in progress located at 82 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT. The commercial property is identified as the Wheels Sunoco Gas Station.
As Bethel Police entered the parking lot the officer noticed a red colored Ford Econoline van parked in front of the establishment and was parked parallel with the building.
Upon approach the officer noticed two individuals, dressed in all black wearing ski masks, attempting to break into the front doors of the establishment. Upon seeing the officers both subjects ran around the opposite side of the building and fled on foot.
Bethel Police activated mutual aid and assisting agencies consisted of Brookfield, Newtown, and Connecticut State Police officers, all arrived on the scene to help set up a perimeter for purposes of containing the subjects in the immediate area.
State Police K-9″Union” tracked the individuals along the back side of the gas station property which lead them into the Town of Newtown.
At approximately 4:33 hours suspect Fabian Rodriguez was apprehended by State Police K-9 unit and a Bethel Police officer. Rodriguez was placed under arrest by Bethel officers and transported to Danbury Hospital for injuries sustained from a K-9 bite. In Rodriguez’s possession were a pair of gloves and a ski mask.
Rodriguez is being held on bond pending a court appearance.
In the course of their investigation the Bethel Police determined that the van was stolen, the same morning, out of Bridgeport, CT. It was also determined that the front door and lock mechanism to the Wheel’s Gas Station were tampered with and damaged s a result of both suspects’ attempts to break in to the establishment.
Nothing was taken from the establishment and suspects were unsuccessful in entering the store.
The investigation is ongoing for the second suspect and a second arrest is expected.