Larceny at the Library

Glastonbury police are investigating an armed robbery in an unusual place. It happened Wednesday afternoon in the town's library.

The crime took place in one of three study rooms on the second floor of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library, said Barbara Bailey, the library's director. "When I found out what happened I have to admit I was a little shocked, taken aback by it," Bailey said.

A man pulled an eight-inch knife on a 19-year-old woman, said police. He demanded cash, her laptop computer, and other items, they said. She was not hurt and alerted staff, who called police just before 4:30pm.

"Police units responded and arrived within moments of the call. Immediately the library was searched for the suspect. He was not located," said Glastonbury Police Sgt. Joel White.

Police are now increasing patrols around the library.  Staff are increasing their presence in secluded areas and are also considering adding security cameras at both entrances, said Bailey.

"I think it was handled professionally by all parties involved," said Bailey. "We'll pick up the pieces, go on from here. I certainly feel sorry for the victim that it happened to."

Police are looking for a heavyset man in his 20's or 30's. They believe he's about six feet tall.  He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and a blue and yellow baseball cap at the time of the crime.

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