State Police Arrest Suspect in Old Lyme Bank Robbery

State police have arrested a 38-year-old Groton man who is suspected of robbing a bank in Old Lyme on Wednesday.

State police identified Herman E. "Butchie" Smith, of George Avenue in Groton, as the man who robbed the Webster Bank at 7 Halls Road just before noon on Wednesday and fled on a bicycle after putting money in a satchel.

Soon after the robbery, police released surveillance video of a man wearing a blue-and-white UConn cap,  a white T-shirt with dark-colored sleeves, khaki shorts and white sneakers and said they were looking for him in connection with the robbery.

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association also offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Police obtained a warrant for Smith on Wednesday after he was identified as a suspect.

On Thursday, state police from Troop F and the major crime squad, as well as Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department, took him into custody at his home.

Smith has been charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree larceny. Bond was set at $500,000 and he is due in New London Superior Court on Sept. 25.

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