Connecticut gas station clerk ‘staged’ $8K robbery with accomplices, cops say

A gas station clerk in Connecticut “staged” a robbery with help from two suspects in an inside job that netted more than $8,000, police said.

Jamie Darouse, 31, was arrested Wednesday in the May 24 robbery she reported while working at a Citgo gas station in Milford, police said in a statement Thursday.

Darouse told cops a male suspect barged into the gas station while wearing sunglasses, a hat and a face mask and gave her a demand note indicating that he had a loaded gun, police said.

Darouse, of West Haven, complied with the suspect’s command, turning over “all the money” inside a register, as well as deposited cash, totaling more than $8,000. The robber then hopped into the passenger seat of an awaiting car that drove off, Darouse told cops.

The gas station that was robbed by Jamie Darouse.
Jamie Darouse planned the robbery with a 19-year-old man and another suspect.

But a subsequent investigation revealed that Darouse coordinated with a 19-year-old man, Khari Ruffin, of Waterbury, in the robbery, along with a third suspect who acted as a getaway driver at the gas station, police said.

Ruffin, who allegedly acted as the purported robber, turned himself into Milford police on Aug. 13 on charges of third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. He has been released from custody after posting $20,000 bond, police said.

Darouse, who had a court appearance set for last Thursday, is facing the same charges as Ruffin, as well as falsely reporting an incident and making a false statement to cops. She had been ordered held on $100,000 bond and it’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Milford police said Thursday that they were still seeking the alleged getaway driver. A message seeking additional comment from cops was not immediately returned Monday.


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