FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Bridgeport man was accused of robbing a Fairfield convenience store Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Yard, 29, is also a suspect in other robbery attempts in Fairfield and Bridgeport over the last two days, police said.
The clerk at Southport News on the Post Road told police that a man wearing a black mask and clothing stole cash and a cell phone from the store about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect threatened to kill the clerk, but did not show a weapon, police say. He then got into a gray four-door vehicle and drove east on the Post Road, according to the police report.
A Fairfield Police officer saw a car matching the description getting off Interstate 95 at Commerce Drive, and signaled it to stop, according to the report. The driver ignored the order and led police on a chase into Bridgeport, onto Maplewood Avenue and Poplar Street. Yard was arrested after getting out of the car and starting a brief foot chase onto Hancock Avenue, police say.
Yard is considered a suspect in another robbery at Cumberland Farms and an attempted robbery at Andros Diner on Monday morning, police said. He was stopped and interviewed by police in the area before the two incidents Monday morning, but released, according to police reports.
Yard was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny, both felonies, as well as reckless endangerment, interfering with police and fifth-degree larceny, all misdemeanors. He is being held on $150,000 bond.