At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, employees entering the Stamford Goodwill store on Broad Street were robbed of approximately $13,000 by a man carrying a knife and a gun, police said Tuesday.
According to Stamford Police Sgt. Anthony Lupinacci, the suspect told Goodwill employees he was there to serve community service hours. When an employee went to make a phone call verifying the claim, the man pulled a gun out and told him to hang up the phone, Lupinacci said.
The suspect demanded money from the store safe and received an amount estimated to be approximately $13,000, according to police. Upon exiting the store, the suspect was confronted by a second employee of the store and proceeded to pull out a knife and threaten the employee during this interaction.
The suspect fled on foot and was described by police as a black male, 5-foot, 8-inches tall with a medium-to-high complexion and goatee, wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, and dark sweat pants with white stripes down the side. He was carrying a black duffle bag at the time.
An employee of the store said there were no injuries and that the store would be opening back up in the afternoon Tuesday. Lupinacci said several pieces of evidence had been recovered from the scene, including "items the suspect had in his possession," and have led to some solid leads.
The case remains under investigation. By late morning, crime scene investigators continued to search for evidence in the tall grass of the developing park across the street from the store.