Same Man Sought in Bank Robbery and Attempted Robbery

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    New Haven Police

    New Haven police are looking for the man who they said robbed one bank this week and tried to rob another.

    There was an attempted robbery at the People's Bank at the Stop & Shop, 150 Whalley Avenue at 6:39 p.m. on Monday.

    Police said a man passed one teller a note indicating that he had a gun and for her to hand over the cash. The teller didn't give the man any money, so he took his note and left.

    The teller then notified a police officer who was working at the supermarket and police broadcast the would-be robber’s description, but he'd left the area.

    He was described as an older man, around 5-foot-7, with a medium build, crooked teeth and brown eyes.

    He was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a "New York" logo on the front, a blue and orange baseball hat and blue jeans and  traveling as the passenger in a black Nissan Altima.

    At 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, a manager at the Santander Bank, located at 215 Grand Avenue, called police to report the bank had been robbed.

    The robber had passed a note that was either similar or identical to the one used at the People's Bank the day before.

    In this case, the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

    The robber, who was similarly dressed to the robber in the prior incident, was wearing a baseball cap that read “California” on it.

    He took back his note and ran through the rear door.

    Investigators found clothing the robber wore and said surveillance images convinced detectives that the same man was behind both incidents.

    Anyone with information that could help investigators identifying the man involved should call detectives at 203-946-6304.

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