A suspect wanted for the theft of grocery items from a Glenville supermarket and threatening to stab store employees who tried to stop him from fleeing, has been arrested by Greenwich Police.
The case dates back to June 7, 2011 when employees of the Glenville Stop & Shop caught the man stuffing items into a duffle bag, according to a police report. Vincent Amato, 44, of 2406 Webster Ave., Bronx, NY, is accused pushing a store employee and then fleeing with several more employees chasing him. He then pulled out a syringe and threatened to stab the employees, according to the report.
Amato drove away, making his way to I-95 where he was pursued by police from Rye, NY, according to the report. During the chase, Amato tried to exit I-95 and head onto the Hutchinson River Parkway when he lost control the vehicle, struck a guard rail and plummeted down an embankment, according to the report. The vehicle rolled over before bursting into flames.
Amato, who suffered a broken leg, tried escape the scene, police said. He was caught a short distance away and has been custody since to face unspecified charges stemming from the chase in New York. Greenwich Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Amato with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny. He was arrested Aug. 28.
He is to remain in custody while in Connecticut until his case is resolved and will then be returned to the New York State prison system, according to police. He is scheduled to appear Sept. 4 in state Superior Court in Stamford.