New Haven Police See Similarities In Bank Robberies

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Police are seeking this man in connection with two bank robberies in New Haven. (Courtesy of New Haven Police Department)

NEW HAVEN — Investigators believe the same man is behind an attempted bank robbery at a People’s Bank on Monday and a robbery at Santander Bank on Tuesday, police said.

The suspect wore similar clothes in both robberies, had crooked teeth and used a note.

Police say the suspect entered the People’s Bank, located inside a Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue, around 6:39 p.m. and passed a note to a teller. The note said he had a gun and demanded cash.

The teller did not give hand any cash to the suspect, who left with his note, police said.

A similar incident took place Tuesday around 9:20 a.m. at Santander Bank on Grand Avenue. A man robbed the bank using a similar note.

The teller handed the man cash. The man fled with the money and the note, police said.

Investigators found clothing worn by the suspect and strongly believe both incidents were perpetrated by the same person, police said.

The suspect is described as an older, black man with dark skin. He was 5-feet 7-inches with a medium build. He had crooked teeth and brown eyes. He wore a blue and orange baseball hat, a grey sweatshirt with a “New York” logo and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Callers can remain anonymous.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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  • ricardo

    NEW HAVEN — Investigators believe the same man is behind an attempted bank robbery at a People’s Bank on Monday and a robbery at Santander Bank on Tuesday, police said.

    The suspect wore similar clothes in both robberies, had crooked teeth and used a note.

    Police say the suspect entered the People’s Bank, located inside a Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue, around 6:39 p.m. and passed a note to a teller. The note said he had a gun and demanded cash.

    The teller did not give hand any cash to the suspect, who left with his note, police said.

    A similar incident took place Tuesday around 9:20 a.m. at Santander Bank on Grand Avenue. A man robbed the bank using a similar note.

    The teller handed the man cash. The man fled with the money and the note, police said.

    Investigators found clothing worn by the suspect and strongly believe both incidents were perpetrated by the same person, police said.

    The suspect is described as an older, black man with dark skin. He was 5-feet 7-inches with a medium build. He had crooked teeth and brown eyes. He wore a blue and orange baseball hat, a grey sweatshirt with a “New York” logo and blue jeans.

    Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Callers can remain

    Read more: http://foxct.com/2014/04/16/new-haven-police-see-similarities-in-bank-robberies/#ixzz38kmfX8pN

  • ricardo

    similar incident took place Tuesday around 9:20 a.m. at Santander Bank on Grand Avenue. A man robbed the bank using a similar note.

    The teller handed the man cash. The man fled with the money and the note, police said.

    Investigators found clothing worn by the suspect and strongly believe both incidents were perpetrated by the same person, police said.

    The suspect is described as an older, black man with dark skin. He was 5-feet 7-inches with a medium build. He had crooked teeth and brown eyes. He wore a blue and orange baseball hat, a grey sweatshirt with a “New York” logo and blue jeans

    Read more: http://foxct.com/2014/04/16/new-haven-police-see-

  • ricardo

    BUFFALO GROVE (CBS) — A bundled-up bandit robbed a Chase Bank branch in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove on Thursday.

    The robbery occurred at the Chase branch at 1160 E. Lake Cook Rd., according to the FBI. The robber, described as a white man in his 30s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with his head covered by a winter knit hat and his face covered by a scarf

  • ricardo

    robbery suspect dressed for the season held up a Chase Bank branch in Buffalo Grove. (Credit: FBI)

    BUFFALO GROVE (CBS) — A bundled-up bandit robbed a Chase Bank branch in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove on Thursday.

    The robbery occurred at the Chase branch at 1160 E. Lake Cook Rd., according to the FBI. The robber, described as a white man in his 30s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with his head covered by a winter knit hat and his face covered by a scarf

  • ricardo

    robbery suspect dressed for the season held up a Chase Bank branch in Buffalo Grove. (Credit: FBI)

    BUFFALO GROVE (CBS) — A bundled-up bandit robbed a Chase Bank branch in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove on Thursday.

    The robbery occurred at the Chase branch at 1160 E. Lake Cook Rd., according to the FBI. The robber, described as a white man in his 30s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with his head covered by a winter knit hat and his face covered by a scarf

    Read more: http://foxct.com/2014/04/16/new-haven-police-see-

  • ricardo

    NEW HAVEN — Investigators believe the same man is behind an attempted bank robbery at a People’s Bank on Monday and a robbery at Santander Bank on Tuesday, police said.

    The suspect wore similar clothes in both robberies, had crooked teeth and used a note.

    Police say the suspect entered the People’s Bank, located inside a Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue, around 6:39 p.m. and passed a note to a teller. The note said he had a gun and demanded cash.

    The teller did not give hand any cash to the suspect, who left with his note, police said.

    A similar incident took place Tuesday around 9:20 a.m. at Santander Bank on Grand Avenue. A man robbed the bank using a similar note.

    The teller handed the man cash. The man fled with the money and the note, police said.

    Investigators found clothing worn by the suspect and strongly believe both incidents were perpetrated by the same person, police said.

    The suspect is described as an older, black man with dark skin. He was 5-feet 7-inches with a medium build. He had crooked teeth and brown eyes. He wore a blue and orange baseball hat, a grey sweatshirt with a “New York” logo and blue jeans.

    Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Callers can remain

    Read more: http://foxct.com/2014/04/16/new-haven-police-see-similarities-in-bank-robberies/#ixzz38t5Sjc5K

  • ricardo

    So, she gave the Geezer Bandit, all the money in her drawers.

    But to her surprise, he didn’t leave right away. Instead, he waited for her to get more money.

    “He said hurry up and go, and go get more, or I’ll kill you,” Meredith said.

    Why would someone like the so-called Geezer Bandit be willing to wait longer, when there’s a good chance someone in the bank may have hit the silent alarm.

    “He knows what he’s doing what he’s doing, when it comes to robbing the banks and what’s working for him,” said Darrell Foxworth, San Diego FBI agent.

    Foxworth said when a teller triggers a silent alarm, an alert goes to the bank’s security company. That company will then contact local police. He says it usually takes less than a minute, depending on which bank.

    “Certainly, there’s going to be instances where certain banks, their delay may not be as prompt as other banks,” Foxworth said.

    Take for instance a robbery involving a bank in West Seattle. A teller hit the silent alarm notifying the alarm company, which is located 3,000 miles away in Cleveland, Ohio.

    After calling the bank first to make sure it wasn’t a false alarm, the alarm company worker then called police in Seattle.

    According to FBI agents, it took about five minutes before officers were finally sent to the bank.

    Instead of calling 911, which would alert Cleveland police, the alarm company worker called the Seattle Police non-emergency line.

    “It’s really unfortunate and that shouldn’t happen,” said Rick Sanborn Seacoast Commerce Bank President in Chula Vista.

    He says banks have to use alarm companies because local police don’t have the resources to monitor silent alarms.

    “You can get false alarms when someone hits the wrong button, and all of the sudden the alarm goes off, it’s not really practical for the police to be the monitoring system for all the banks alarm systems,” said Sanborn.

    He says his bank uses an alarm company here in San Diego County and the company doesn’t call the bank first, to make sure an actual robbery is in progress. The company immediately calls 911.

    “What’s important to us is safety, safety for our employees,” said Sanborn, “we want to have and every bank should have the highest and best systems available so that “A” you’re employees stay safe and “B” you have very quick response times.”

    Safety and quick responses are big issues for tellers like Meredith,

    Not only was she robbed by the Geezer Bandit, she was also a victim of the Ho Hum bandit, who has got away with at least 15 robberies.

    In her opinion, bank robbers need to be caught as quickly as possible.

    “Every time he robs a bank he hurts and affects the person that he robbed and possibly anyone else who was around at that time,” she said.

    FBI agents say whenever they notice a weakness in a bank’s notification system, they address it with the bank’s security director. Last year, there were 168 bank robberies in San Diego and Imperial counties. So far the FBI has been able to catch more than half the robbers

    Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/How-Silent-Alarms-Can-Help-Bank-Robbers–115905374.html#ixzz38t5qWCZC
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  • ricardo

    FBI agents say whenever they notice a weakness in a bank's notification system, they address it with the bank's security director. Last year, there were 168 bank robberies in San Diego and Imperial counties. So far the FBI has been able to catch more than half the robbers

    Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/How-Silent-
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  • ricardo

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  • ricardo

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  • ricardo

    I am glad everyone is safe, but you must work for WSF. I've been a ferry commuter for a long time and would not want to depend on the Keystone deck hands in the event of an actual emergency. The entire ferry system needs an overhaul, including some of the boats it appears

  • ricardo

    Doesn't look stranded to me, looks like it is secured and under control by tugboats. But then again, rather than reporting that a disabled ferry towed back to the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, KOMO would rather continue its proud tradition of sensationalizing. KOMO is a guilty pleasure it seems

  • ricardo

    Not sure why you'd need a life jacket just because the engine quit. Something to do, I suppose. I do not have a high opinion of WSF, but it's not a bad day to be stuck out on the water. At least they got a voucher for a free trip (second prize, TWO free trips).

  • ricardo

    "Not sure why you'd need a life jacket just because the engine quit."

    Same reason you have to turn off your phone when the airplane lands and takes off. "It says so in the rule book, that's all we know, there's no reason, we don't care why, you just have to do it