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Waterford Police: Officers Track Down Armed Thief [Updated]

Police say the man led officers on a foot pursuit and brandished a firearm after he stole from Walmart.

Waterford Police: Officers Track Down Armed Thief [Updated]
A 45-year-old man armed with a firearm led Waterford Police on a foot pursuit Thursday night as he fled Walmart with stolen items, according to police.

A loss prevention agent called 911 at 6:01 p.m. to report the larceny in progress. The agent told police that the suspect brandished a firearm as he tried to approach him, and then fled on foot.

Waterford Police picked up the pursuit and caught up to the suspect, identified as Willard Ar-Rahmann Jr.

Ar-Rahmann was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers, and with the assistance of an off-duty State Police Trooper who happened to be in the area.

Waterford police K9 officer Dan Lane and his partner Ike were summoned to the scene to conduct a search for stolen property. The area was searched by the K9 team and several pieces of stolen property were recovered, police said.

Ar-Rahmann was charged with:
  • second-degree robbery
  • interfering with an officer
  • sixth-degree larceny
  • possession of a shoplifting device

He was being held at the Waterford Police Department on a $25,000 bond, and was scheduled to be arraigned at New London Superior Court on March 21.

Our original report follows:

Waterford police are looking for an armed man that allegedly robbed the Walmart on Parkway North Thursday evening.

According to reports, police are looking for a black male that fled the store on foot toward I-95 shortly before 6 p.m. with several stolen items.

Waterford police reported that the man was armed with a handgun.

Police shut down roads in the area and state police and K-9 units arrived on the scene to begin the search.

Check back with Waterford Patch for updates as more information becomes available.

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