Police seeking public’s assistance in robbery cases

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Wed., Jan. 16, 2013
The Windsor Locks Police Department is looking for help identifying the man who robbed the Subway on National Drive in the early morning of Jan. 15. Photo courtesy of WLPD. - Contributed Photo

Windsor Locks Police Chief Eric Osanitsch is determined to get the public’s help in solving two recent robbery cases.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 15, a robbery was reported to the Windsor Locks Police Department. The Subway restaurant at 4 National Drive, had been robbed at gunpoint.

Preliminary information indicated that the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After taking an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot from the scene.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, wearing a mask over his face, dark-colored pants and a black jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The face mask worn by the suspect was a monkey face.

“There were no injuries reported,” said Osanitsch.

Five days earlier, another robbery occurred at the Windsor Locks Wendy’s restaurant. This suspect reached over the counter and stole cash from the register during a sales transaction and fled from the business. One employee was slightly injured in the incident when he attempted to stop the suspect from driving off.

The suspect left the scene in what was described as possibly a 1996 white Toyota Corolla.

He was described as a light-skinned male, possibly Hispanic, with short dark hair, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, medium build and wearing a short-sleeved polo shirt with white, yellow and brown horizontal stripes.

Both cases were still being investigated as of press time. “We’ll be looking at similar robberies in this area,” said Osanitsch. But, he is also depending on the keen eyes of customers, drivers or passers-by to help.

Since taking the helm at the WLPD, Osanitsch has begun a healthy two-way communication with the public. By getting word out to the media and local residents in a timely way, Osanitsch hopes that someone may be able to identify these robbery suspects.

“It is by design that we are sending out more press releases,” he said. “Involving the public is a great asset for any kind of case. We want to get the information out there.”

If you have any tips or leads regarding either of these two robberies, call the Windsor Locks Police Department at 860-627-1461.

“Somebody out there knows him. We’re hoping they will give us a call,” said Osanitsch.

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