New Haven police are investigating the robbery of a Santander bank and attempted robbery of a People’s Bank in the city.
Police said a man tried unsuccessfully to rob the People’s Bank in the Amity Stop & Shop at 150 Whalley Avenue in New Haven yesterday. He passed the teller a note that demanded money and said he had a gun, but the teller refused to give him any cash and the man took the note and left.
The same man is believed to have robbed the Santander bank at 215 Grand Avenue this morning. Police said the robber handed the teller a note that was “similar or identical” to the one used yesterday. The clerk handed over an unknown amount of cash and the robber took the note and left through the back door.
In both incidents, he was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a “New York” logo printed on the front. He’s described as an “older dark-complexioned black man” standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall with bad teeth and a medium build.
Police said he wore blue jeans and a blue-and-orange baseball cap to the People’s Bank. He arrived at the Santander bank wearing a dark-colored baseball cap with “California” written on the front.
He left the People’s Bank as the passenger in a black Nissan Altima, police said.
The robber did not display a weapon in either incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact New Haven police detectives at 203-946-6304.