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Police Arrest Man After Robbing Two Stoughton Gas Stations

Gulf Stations on Turnpike St. and Dykeman Way were robbed Sunday morning. Samuel Stovall was arrested by Brockton Police later on Sunday in connection with both robberies.

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.

Jeffrey Pickette August 08, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I agree, and unfortunately stories like our 8-year-old Foxboro Friendship League baseball champs, or programs like the Multi-Intelligence Camp at the West School aren't often featured on the evening newscasts, and I think that goes for every town. Without giving us too much of a shameless plug, i guess that's one of the big benefits of a local news website like Patch. You can read about the crime news, but also about the many highlights and great things that happen here in Stoughton.
Snyder's Stoughton August 08, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Exactly, Jeff. The media loves the sensational, and crime seems to be their golden goose. Local media like Patch, the weekly paper, and my website are positive reinforcements, but don't get publicity statewide, and sometimes nationwide like our many scandals have. DJ is unfortunately correct that Stoughton seems tarred and feathered with that "Banana Republic" comment in the Globe. But, those of us here know the amazing strides the town has made under a new town manager and new police chief. And, there is no other town in this Commonwealth that comes together as well to help a neighbor in need. Wear your orange bracelet with pride! (Don't have one, write jmokrisky@msn.com.
John Greene August 09, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Stoughton is still a great Town with great people
Christine Iacobucci August 09, 2011 at 01:00 AM
I echo John's sentiments!
DJ August 09, 2011 at 12:42 PM
I agree with every post written, but still wonder how so many of our smaller stories with negative overtones get coverage to begin with? Jeff and Mark, thank you both for doing so much good for this community. You both go out of your way to report local activities and do so honestly and balanced without glossing over the negative, but without fixating on it either. Jeff, both of your examples above could certainly be cited in the Globe's South of Boston community section. Those are the types of stories other communities carry in that section, but our Globe rep is repeatedly bumping them for the negative and I hope he can be encouraged to alter this practice. Also, my understanding is that many of these stories are called into the press desk at local stations so I'm wondering who is calling these things in and how small stories are picking up lead coverage and air time? Can someone in the know comment? Thanks

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