Man Claiming to Have Bomb Robs Vernon Bank

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    Vernon Police Department
    Bank security cameras captured this image of the robbery suspect.

    A man who threatened to have a bomb robbed a People's United Bank in Vernon on Friday morning.

    Officials say the suspect approached a bank employee in the parking lot at 8:23 a.m. and told her he had a bomb. He followed her inside the bank, at 35 Talcottville Road, and demanded money.

    The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money and tied up at least one employee, police said.

    Police say the suspect stole a car belonging to one of the bank employees and used it to get away. They found what they believe to be the stolen car near an abandoned mill by Deming Street in Manchester.

    The bomb squad responded to inspect the car for possible explosives. None were found, police said.

    Officers searched trails near the abandoned mill and searched parts of Northwest Park off Tolland Turnpike, but did not locate the suspect, police said.

    Earlier today, police shut down I-84 exit ramps at exit 63 eastbound and westbound as part of the search. The ramps have been reopened, but officers are continuing to investigate.

    "We have detectives here on the scene," said Lt. William Meier of the Vernon Police Department. "We're working closely with several other agencies. It's a very active investigation."

    The suspect has not been identified.

    Officers are guarding the bank, which has partially reopened to allow customers ATM access.

    Police are asking for help with the investigation. Anyone with information should call the Vernon Police at 860-872-9126.

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