Woman recently released from jail wanted for string of bank robberies in greater Hartford

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CROMWELL–Police are searching for a woman who is connected to several bank robberies in the Hartford area in February.

On February 17 at about 1 p.m. police responded to the Webster Bank located at 5 Coles Rd. in Cromwell on reports of a bank robbery. The suspect is said to have handed the teller a note saying she was demanding cash and had a gun. The teller gave her an undetermined amount of money, which the woman fled with westbound on Route 372.

jessica labbe 2Shortly after fleeing the dye pack embedded in the cash exploded, and the suspect abandoned the bag and cash, which was recovered.

She was described as working alone and being a white woman, about 5-foot-7 and in her 20s, and at the time of that robbery she was wearing a knit hat and sunglasses.

The suspect’s description matched that of several other bank robberies in the greater Hartford area that occurred between February 6 and February 17. Robberies occurred in East Hartford (February 6, United Bank in Shop Right), Vernon (February 10, People’s Untied Bank in Tri-City Plaza), Wallingford (February 12, People’s Bank in Stop & Shop) and Wethersfield (February 13, Liberty Bank).jessica labbe 1

DNA recovered at the scene identified the suspect as Jennifer Labbe, 27. Labbe had been released from York Correctional Facility around January 20, 2015, and had been living in a residential facility in Hartford. About four days later she went missing, and therefore was already wanted by Connecticut State Police for escape in the first degree and burglary in the second degree.

For the robbery on February 17 Labbe has a warrant out for her arrest for robbery in the first degree and larceny in the second degree. Other charges may be added on for the other robberies she is suspected of committing.

jessica labbe bank robberiesCromwell Police are offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to Labbe’s arrest and conviction.

Labbe was previously convicted for burglary in the second degree and conspiracy to commit burglary in the second degree in 2013, and she was sentenced to seven years in jail, suspended after three years. She was also previously convicted of larceny in the sixth degree, disorderly conduct and prostitution.

If you have any information, please call the Cromwell Police at 860-635-2256 ext. 0.