A man armed with a knife was arrested Sunday morning after police said he robbed two gas stations in Stoughton earlier in the day, according to WCVB-TV, who first reported the story.
Stoughton police responded to the Prestige Gulf Gas Station, located at 1580 Turnpike Street, at 7 a.m. on Sunday after a female clerk said she had been robbed at knifepoint. $300 worth of cigarettes were taken, in addition to an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was seen fleeing in a black Dodge Neon.
Police in Avon received a call about an hour later reporting a robbery at the Gulf gas station on Dykeman Way, next to the entrance to the Christmas Tree Shops, on the Stoughton/Avon line. Police said the man got away with an undetermined amount of cash there, as well. Witnesses also reported the suspect got away in a Dodge Neon.
Brockton police spotted a Dodge Neon that matched the description of the get away vehicle from both robberies around 11 a.m. on Sunday.
They brought in a K-9 unit and were able to track down the suspect. The suspect arrested was Samuel Stovall, 37, of Springfield. He had originally told police his name was Michael Marston.
A dozen surveillance cameras had captured his mug, and his car, for the police. After that, he was an easier target for arrest. He was picked up by Brockton Police and held for Stoughton Police.
Stovall is charged with two counts of armed robbery, armed assault, providing a false name to a police officer, as well as being a habitual criminal offender, according to Det. Sgt. Robert Welch of the Stoughton Police Department.
Stovall also had an outstanding warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at Stoughton District Court on Monday.
Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany said, "We are thankful that nobody was hurt. Thanks to the quality of witness information, and the diligence of the Brockton Police Department, these dangerous robberies are solved."
Jeffrey Pickette contributed reporting to this article.