For the Love of Fruit! Police Searching for Man Who Trashed Gas Station for Banana

The man backed his car into the gas station entrance multiple times to gain entry, ate the banana and then fled the scene without taking anything else, police said.

Credit: Newington Police
Credit: Newington Police
This story was written and reported by Patch Editor Ronald DeRosa

One man could soon be facing charges after he apparently decided he needed a little more potassium in his diet — and proceeded to break into a gas station to get his fix. 

Police in Newington are searching for a man who they said broke into a Citgo gas station early Wednesday morning by backing his vehicle into the entrance several times.

After getting inside the store, though, the only thing he took was a piece of fruit, which he ate on-scene before fleeing.

According to a press release from the Newington Police Department, officers responded to the gas station at 502 Cedar Street in Newington, also known as Route 175, at 1:48 a.m. for a report of an active burglary alarm.

When police got there, they found extensive damage to the north entry of the store, apparently caused by a motor vehicle. No suspects were at the scene.

Then, when police reviewed surveillance video, they discovered that a light-colored Ford Freestyle station wagon with Connecticut plates had backed into the store entrance door several times to create an opening in the glass. 

The suspect, who wasn't wearing a mask to conceal his identity, then came inside the gas station, picked a banana from the shelf, peeled it, and ate it, police said in the press release.

He didn't take anything else. After exiting the store, he fled the scene in the Ford station wagon. Police said the vehicle incurred damage to the driver-side rear bumper and tail light.

Police provided the media the surveillance photos. The only description they gave of the suspect was that he was a black male wearing a dark jacket, dark pants, and a brown hat.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encourage to contact the Newington Police Department at 860-666-8445.

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