A member of the most active white supremacist group in Connecticut, the Connecticut White Wolves, has been arrested on charges of armed robbery.
Yonkers, New York police arrested Brian Staehly, 18, for the alleged robbery of a jewelry store on July 14, 2004, in which three guns and a number of pieces of jewelry were stolen. They described him as "extremely dangerous."
An employee at the jewelry store said that two men claiming to be repairmen, announced a robbery, choked the employee and ordered him to open the safe. After taking several firearms and some jewelry, they tied up the employee with duct tape and fled.
Staehly was arrested on July 15 at his father's house in Connecticut following a tip by an informant and then extradited to New York.
Before his arrest, Staehly was awaiting trial on charges of bias intimidation and second degree mischief from a 2003 incident in Trumbull, Connecticut, in which he allegedly punched out the window of a car containing two African-Americans and their white friend.
The motivation for the Yonkers robbery is still unclear, but armed robbery has been a past tactic of radical white supremacists for obtaining money and firearms. Police say they have leads on a second suspect, who may be a white supremacist associate of Staehly. They are also investigating the possibility of other accomplices.