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Danbury police arrest Ridgefield man in connection with pharmacy heist

August 1, 2018

DANBURY — A Ridgefield man was arrested this week in connection with a robbery at a pharmacy on the city’s west side.

Thomas Redmond, 22, is facing felony charges after police said he walked into the Rite-Aid on Mill Plain Road around 5 p.m. Sunday and claimed to have a gun, although no weapon was ever shown. Redmond demanded that a pharmacist open a safe and took two bottles of amphetamines before leaving the store, authorities said in a statement released Wednesday.

Redmond was located by officers shortly after the robbery walking along Saw Mill Road. He was in possession of the stolen items, according to police. Redmond told police that he needed the medication because he suffers from a drug addiction, authorities said.

Redmond, who was previously convicted of burglary charges, was charged with first-degree robbery, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, fourth-degree larceny, breach of peace and threatening.

Redmond had pleaded guilty to a third-degree burglary charge last year and received a three-year suspended prison sentence and two years of probation. Those charges stem from a burglary at a Ridgefield home in August 2014.

Police said at the time that Redmond was among several teenagers who broke into a home on High Pasture Road. Redmond was observed leaving the area on a skateboard and was arrested at his home a short time later.

Redmond is the second person to be arrested on robbery charges in the city during the past month.

Elizabeth Saparato, 30, was arrested July 12 on felony charges in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the Exxon gas station on the north end of Main Street on the Fourth of July.

Police said Saparato displayed a knife during the robbery and fled with around $400 in cash. Saparato, who has already pleaded not guilty to several charges including first-degree robbery, is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Redmond was held on a $50,000 bond and is expected to appear again in court on Aug. 22.

Police said they also continue to investigate another robbery that occurred on Sunday on Main Street about a half hour after the pharmacy heist. Authorities said that robbery is still under investigation and they are not able to release any details at this time.

dperrefort@newstimes.com

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