Police: Clerk ‘staged’ Milford gas station robbery that netted $8K

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MILFORD — Police say a local gas station clerk “staged” a robbery of the business, stealing more than $8,000, with two other accomplices this year.

West Haven resident Jamie Darouse is facing charges of third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. The 31-year-old was also charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident and making a false statement. She is being held on $100,000 bond.

Milford police said they responded to the Citgo gas station on Broad Street on May 24 for a reported armed robbery. Darouse told police a man wearing sunglasses, a hat and a mask came in and handed her a note demanding money from the register, according to the police report.

The woman told officers the man also said he had a gun, police said.

Darouse said she gave the man the money and he escaped in a vehicle waiting for him on the street with a getaway driver, police said.

After an investigation in which police conducted interviews and reviewed video footage along with other evidence, the detective determined Darouse and two others “staged the robbery to steal money from the business,” police said Friday.

Police said 19-year-old Waterbury resident Khari Ruffin has also been charged as the person who pretended to be the robber. He was released on $20,000 bond.

Darouse was taken into custody on Wednesday, according to police.

Police said they also have a warrant out for the getaway driver, who remains at large.