New Canaan men charged with robbery
Updated 6:12 pm, Monday, March 7, 2011
New Canaan Police are held three men on $250,000 bond after serving warrants Saturday morning in connection with a January incident.
On Jan. 25 officers responded to the report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. The complainant, Mark D. Hoyt, 22, of Fairfield, reported being rear-ended on New Norwalk Road and identified the driver as Matthew Nilla.
Nilla told officers he did hit Hoyt's vehicle after being robbed at knifepoint in his driveway.
Further investigation revealed Joel Anderson, 22, of 186 Lakeview Ave., New Canaan, and Thomas Sarantos, 22, of 57 Millport Ave., New Canaan, were passengers in Hoyt's vehicle at the time of the alleged robbery. According to police, Anderson allegedly robbed Nilla at knifepoint taking marijuana from Nilla at his residence. Hoyt, Anderson and Sarantos blocked Nilla's vehicle in at his driveway before robbing him at knifepoint. Nilla then followed Hoyt's vehicle until they reached the area of New Norwalk Road and East Avenue where police said Nilla intentionally hit Hoyt's vehicle. Pollice said the marijuana "was not a large amount."
Police served Nilla with an arrest warrant on Feb. 10 and charged him with first-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility and following too closely. Nilla posted $5,000 bond appeared in court on Feb. 23.
Police charged Anderson and Hoyt with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and sixth-degree larceny.
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Police charged Sarantos with first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery and sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.
The three men were scheduled to appear in court on March 7.