Discarded cigarette butt leads to arrest 5 years later in Ansonia bank robbery case
ANSONIA – Police have made an arrest in a 2009 bank robbery case after DNA after a discarded cigarette butt found in a car lead to a suspect.
The Naugatuck Valley Savings Bank at 75 Tremont St. was robbed March 9, 2009. Witnesses told police the suspect fled in a vehicle that was later found behind the nearby Big Y. When they examined the vehicle, they determined because of the snowfall, the car had been parked only a short time earlier. A cigarette butt inside the vehicle was determined to have been left by the suspect who was described be a black male in a dark hooded sweatshirt. No weapon was found.
The cigarette butt was examined by the State Forensic Lab and in July of 2013. The DNA sample lead them to Dennis Wilson, 42 of Waterbury, who was in custody on unrelated charges in New York State. A DNA sample was obtained from the suspect and it matched the 2009 evidence.
Late last month, detectives went to the Otisville Federal Correctional Facility in New York and took Wilson, into custody. He was charged with first and second degree larceny.
Police said $8359.00 in cash was stolen from the bank on the day of the robbery.