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Deli robber allegedly stole car

Police say that Joshua Santiago Yard stole a car in Bridgeport Tuesday, drove to Southport where he held up a deli, then crashed the car during a police chase back to Bridgeport. (Doing It Local Photo)

Police say that Joshua Santiago Yard stole a car in Bridgeport Tuesday, drove to Southport where he held up a deli, then crashed the car during a police chase back to Bridgeport. (Doing It Local Photo)

More details have been released in the arrest of Joshua Santiago Yard, a 19-year-old Bridgeport man accused of robbing Southport News and Deli, 3546 Post Road, Tuesday, Jan. 22, just after 1 p.m.

Police said the vehicle Yard was driving as he led officers on a car chase into Bridgeport, was stolen that morning out of Bridgeport. After police arrested Yard, the owner was able to reclaim it at the scene.

During the arrest police recovered items, cash and clothing they believe will be useful in linking Yard to not just the deli robbery but others in the region as well. He is suspected of being involved in two other robberies in Fairfield and some in Bridgeport. Search and seizure warrants are being pursued.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said, “Overall this was a really good arrest yesterday to stop this spree of robberies.”

On Jan. 22, Yard allegedly entered Southport News and Deli wearing black clothing and a ski mask and handed the cashier a note that read “Give me money or I’ll kill you.” However, police said no weapon displayed.

The suspect fled east in a gray Buick on the Post Road. Fairfield Officer Daniel Victoria spotted the vehicle exiting I-95 onto Commerce Drive, where he attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Police said the suspect disregarded the officer’s direction and fled into Bridgeport, “engaging officers in a vehicle pursuit endangering the lives of others and officers,” according to a release from Fairfield Police.

The suspect continued driving onto Maplewood Avenue and Poplar Street.

The pursuit ended when the Buick almost crashed into the Maple Mart Grocery and Deli on Hancock Avenue, according to Doing It Local. A foot pursuit through the backyards before police caught up with him and brought him into custody.

Yard, who lives at 375 Grand St., is being held on a $150,000 bond. He faces charges for first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer. Charges are being added for leading the police on a car chase and include engaging in pursuit, evading responsibility, failure to drive right and going the wrong way on a one way street.

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