A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the man who tried to rob a bank in Rocky Hill on Wednesday and may be linked to at least five robberies in the area, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
Police said the culprit entered the Webster Bank at 377 Cromwell Avenue around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday and handed the teller an empty bank envelope with a note attached to it.
The robbery was "interrupted by movement within the bank" and the would-be thief ran out with the envelope, according to police.
He ran northbound toward Route 160/New Britain Avenue before possibly turning south toward Route 3/Cromwell Avenue, police said. A K-9 tried unsuccessfully to track him down.
Rocky Hill police are working with other departments in the region to see if Wednesday's attempt might be linked to similar robberies in the area. Police said the FBI is also involved in the investigation.
A source with knowledge of the investigation said police believe the suspect in Wednesday's attempt is also suspected in at least five other bank robberies in Durham, Wethersfield, Deep River, Berlin and Branford.
The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the culprit's arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Andrew O'Brien or police headquarters at 860-258-7640.