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Monroe Woman Suspected in Robbery Spree, Civilian Action Credited

The woman was in custody on a third-degree larceny charge. She is suspected of driving the getaway car but has not been charged.

A Monroe woman is a suspect in the gunpoint robbery of Gene's Automotive last week, thanks to a customer who followed and wrote down the information on the getaway car, Trumbull Police said.

Patricia Mercaldi, 29, of Turkey Roost Road, is charged with third-degree larceny in a separate incident but has not been charged in the Nov. 15 Trumbull robbery yet. She may also be involved in a string of other robberies in Bridgeport, Monroe, Stratford and Shelton, police said.

Police said they suspect Mercaldi was the getaway driver when an unidentified male entered Gene's Autmotive, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The clerk complied, and the male entered a waiting car and fled.

A customer then followed the car and took down its details, including the license plate, police said. Using the information, police had a suspect identified in 27 hours, said Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry.

The male is also in custody but has not been identified pending formal charges, police said. 

Mercaldi has also been accused of stealing and pawning jewelry valued at more than $3,500 from a Trumbull home where she was staying.

On the larceny charge, she has been released on a written promise to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 18.

gail jarvis November 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
.........It took the police 27? Hours to identify the suspects. Is this a misprint--with all the info given 27 minutes should be more like it!
brian kelly November 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM
She might not have been the actual ownet of the car, and she might have been far away from where the car was finally located. She also could have denied being in the area or driving thd car until someone or more than one person told police they k ew she had used the car that day, etc. That could have evsn taken longer, if she left town, or if the car was temporarily stolen.
gail jarvis November 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The customer followed the car and took down the license plate. (That what was reported and written in this article) With cell phones you can contact help immediately-- Just sayin'

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