Police: Man told Comfort Inn clerk he needed money because of COVID-19 during armed robbery

Police in Fairfield are probing an armed robbery at a hotel, where a man said he needed money because of coronavirus.
The incident took place Monday around 6 p.m. at the Comfort Inn at 286 Route 46 East.
According to police, an unknown white male wearing a surgical mask entered the hotel and approached the front desk.
Police say he then showed the clerk a handgun that was in his waistband, saying he needed money because of COVID-19. After being handed cash, the man walked out of the hotel and left in what is believed to be a newer model silver or gray Ford Fusion, with silver rims, tinted windows, dual exhaust pipes and a sunroof.
The vehicle then drove away east on Route 46.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department's Investigative Division at 973-227-1400.