Coventry Police Identify Person of Interest in KeyBank White Powder Incident

Coventry police have identified a person of interest in an incident at KeyBank where employees found a suspicious white powder in an envelope, police said Wednesday.

Police have not released the person’s name, but told NBC Connecticut they are applying for an arrest warrant.

On Saturday morning, a white powder and a note were found inside the deposit box of KeyBank at 3534 Main St. Police, firefighters and a hazmat team were called in and the four employees that were exposed to the powder had to be decontaminated. 

The powder was sent for testing and police are still waiting for the results.

“The substance is currently at the state lab by the health department facility where it’s being tested against a series of substances that have been identified by the CDC as hazardous substances and the test takes five days,” said Coventry Police chief Mark Palmer.

Palmer said some results have come through, and so far the results are negative for any hazardous substances. However, the Eastern Highlands Health District ordered the bank to close until the full results come in. If the results come back positive for anything hazardous, the building will have to be fully decontaminated before it can reopen.

Police said the incident was isolated and that there is no danger to the community.

KeyBank clients can complete banking transactions at the following nearby branches:

  • Storrs Branch, 596 Middle Turnpike, Storrs
  • Tolland Branch, 215 Merrow Road, Tolland
  • Columbia Branch, 164 Middletown Road, Columbia
  • Willington Branch, 11 Phelps Way, Willington

Customers can also bank online or by telephone: 1-800-Key2You® (1-800-539-2968).

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