Johnston man charged with robbing gas stations


JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Johnston man suspected of robbing two gas stations overnight will remain behind bars for the time being.

Earl Sanford, 40, was arraigned Monday morning on single counts of first- and second-degree robbery. The judge ordered him held without bail as a superior court violator.

Police allege Sanford held up a gas station on Plainfield Pike just before 11:30 p.m. Monday then targeted another an hour later on Killingly Street.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Sanford was arrested a short time later at a gas station on Union Avenue in Providence.

Surveillance video from the first robbery shows a man with a bandana covering part of his face walk into the store then demand money from the clerk while appearing to motion that he’s concealing a weapon underneath his shirt.

Prosecutors in court Monday said the suspect told the clerk he had a weapon in his waistband. According to police, he made off with $50 from that robbery.

Court records show Sanford was charged in April with breaking and entering a business with felonious intent in connection with a break-in at a Cranston gas station in the early-morning hours of Dec. 9, 2018. In that incident, a man drove his car into the glass door and stole cash and cigarettes. Sanford was released on personal recognizance in May.

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